PHILIP Paniamogan is headed for another tour of duty in the PBA and the Makati Skyscrapers, his team in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, is supporting the player’s decision to pursue his dreams of making it back in the big league.
Makati team owner Paolo Orbeta confirmed the news to FOX Sports Philippines.
“He was offered to play by NLEX and he will be playing there for one year and six months,” Orbeta wrote in a text message.
Paniamogan, who also saw action for the GlobalPort Batang Pier and Kia in the PBA, had a solid stint playing for the Skyscrapers in the MPBL.
He was the leading scorer of the Skyscrapers, averaging 18.4 points per game and his solid all-around plays paved the way for his return to the big league.
Paniamogan will join a banged up NLEX team being coached by Yeng Guiao. The squad will continue to miss the services of Kiefer Ravena, who will be serving his suspension from all basketball-related activities after taking a banned substance.
Another key player who will miss the action is Kevin Alas, who is still recuperating from a knee injury.
Paniamogan had mixed emotions in getting another PBA call up.
“I guess it’s mixed emotions — happy and sad. Sad because I felt at home with Makati, from the management, coaching staff and especially, my teammates,” Paniamogan wrote in a text message. “I’m happy because I will make it back in the pro league.”
Orbeta said he wasn’t surprised by Paniamogan’s PBA call up.
“Philip is a very talented, coachable and hardworking player, so I wasn’t surprised he was tapped by a PBA team,” added Orbeta. “He was able to showcase his skills while playing for the Makati Skyscrapers which he wasn’t able to do in the pros. I personally believe that joining our team was the reason he was able to get back in the PBA.”
“Our goal is to win the (MPBL) championship. But as long as there is no conflict with the contract of the players and MPBL has no issues with this kind of movement, then we are more than happy to support his PBA aspirations.”