For four years, Jojo Duncil unplugged himself from the basketball circuit and into a different playing court. Duncil told FOX Sports Philippines that he intentionally left playing basketball to focus on his business.
“Nag trucking muna ako as negosyo,” Duncil revealed. “Bale mga four years din akong nawala.”
Being a true baller at heart, he cannot help but return to the game when time permits. As Quezon City Capitals coach Vis Valencia mentioned in a previous interview, Jojo has been practicing with the pioneer team as early as last season. This is why joining them this season was clearly the logical move.
“Jojo has been supporting us since last season, so madali na naming napapayag,” Valencia mentioned.
Agreeing is one thing, but actually taking action is another, which is why Duncil had to sacrifice a lot to come back.
“Unang una, napakahirap din mag diet,” the one-time UAAP Finals MVP said. “Bale nag lose ako ng 30 lbs, para makalaro lang ngayon.”
“For four years, yung timing (sa laro) natin nawala,” Duncil admitted.
Duncil did have a rough start in his debut game for the Capitals against the Batangas Athletics Wednesday night. But he still managed to record 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. The Capitals almost managed to upset the Athletics in the closing minutes of the game but ran short on gas.
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They might have lost, but Duncil knows he has taken the first step towards what could be a memorable MPBL career.
“Masaya ako kasi nakabalik na ako.”