EX-PRO Jonathan Parreno is looking to bring his vast experience to the hilt in helping the Zamboanga Valientes-Family Sardines in their coming MPBL campaign.
But he’s not alone in his intention of making his team better.
“Andyan sina Leo Avenido, malaki maitutulong nun, pero sa July pa siay makakalaro sa amin. Nevertheless, kaming mga beterano, gusto naming baguhin yung kultura nga laro para sa team namin sa Zamboanga kasi karamihan sa mga kasama namin, sanay sa ligang labas,” Parreno told FOX Sports Philippines.
“Kung sa ligang labas, parang tantyahan lang, dito sa MPBL, kailangan planado. Mahaba yung season. Kailangan namin ng tulong ng bawat isa.”
Parreno, who played briefly for Kia in the PBA, also saw action for Liga Pilipinas several years ago where he made a name for himself as one of the league’s deadshot shooters.
He along with Avenido, ex-Barako Bull guard Reed Juntilla, comebacking Noy Javier and bruising forward Robert Sanz will be the more experienced players on the side of Zamboanga.
Javier and Sanz were last-minute inclusions.
A former star player of the Perpetual Help Altas that made it to the finals of the NCAA in 2004, Javier returned to the country after spending the past few years playing overseas.
Sanz, a former Purefoods player, who was part of the Philippine Christian University Dolphins champion team in 2004, also joined the squad after a brief stint with the Imus Bandera-GLC Truck and Equipment last conference.
Team owner Yacob Ati said his team’s immediate goal is to land a playoff spot and hopes the team gets better each game.