FAMILIAR names both from the professional and amateur ranks will banner the Rizal Ankle Breakers, one among the expansion teams from Luzon in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.
Bonbon Custodio, a talented guard who played for six PBA teams, including champion team San Miguel Beer in the 2009 Fiesta Conference, will spearhead the Ankle Breakers’ campaign in the prolonged season of the fastest growing regional basketball league in the country put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with former MVP and 25 Greatest member Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.
Custodio spent the past few years playing in the minor leagues like the Marikina City Basketball League and the Republika Cup while seeing action for Hobe Bihon-Macway.
Another former PBA player, Kelvin Gregorio, a former teammate of Custodio at the University of the East Warriors, is also in the squad. The 6-foot-4 forward who played for the Sta. Lucia Realtors for three seasons will also serve as playing coach of the team.
Ex-Sta. Lucia Realtor Mark Benitez, a 6-foot-5 frotnliner, is also in the team.
But the Ankle Breakers are also going to parade household names when they start competing against the 25 other teams in the league that is to be stretched as far as 11 months.
Jeff Sanders, member of the MBA champion team San Juan Knights in 2000, will also make his return, as well as former amateur standouts Eric dela Cuesta, Mark Montuano, Paul Santiago, Ryan Hosseini, James Abugan, and Jerome Juanico.
Dela Cuesta is the cousin of PBA legend Jojo Lastimosa, now coaching the Bataan Risers.
Montuano is an undersized power forward who saw action for several teams in the D-League and PCBL.
Santiago also played alongside Custodio and Sanders with Hobe Bihon-Macway and is a deceptive guard.
James Abugan is a former standout of the NCRAA playing for the PATTS Sea Horses whuikle Juanico played as forward for the Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers.