Competing against some of the PBA’s best outside shooters can be intimidating, but NLEX rookie gunner Garvo Lanete vows to give his very best as he goes up against the likes of reigning Three-Point Shootout champion Terrence Romeo, Jeff Chan, Alex Cabagnot, James Yap and Nino Canaleta on Friday.
The 27-year-old Lanete has always been a noted three-point shooter since his collegiate days, where he won four of five NCAA men’s basketball championships with the San Beda Red Lions.
“Mabigat (mga kalaban) at marami sila, tapos may Terrence pa,” Lanete told FOX Sports after NLEX concluded its Tuesday practice.
The younger brother of Phoenix veteran guard Chico has won basketball championships with NLEX during its PBA D-League days, before winning gold medals for the national team in 2011 and 2013 in the Southeast Asian Games, as well as another gold in the 2012 William Jones Cup.
In all his amateur basketball stints, Lanete has always been the designated outside shooter, someone, who is not afraid to knock down the big shots when needed.
But heading into Friday’s Three-Point shootut, Lanete is frank enough to admit that beating the likes of Romeo, Chan, Cabagnot and even Canaleta will be a huge, huge challenge.
“Excited naman ako saka magandang experience ito for me dahil obviously, lahat naman ng mga makakalaban ko shooters talaga.” he said.
“Pero siyempre, nakaka-challenge din. Ie-enjoy ko na lang kasi obviously for fun din talaga, pero if I have a chance to win it, why not? Okay rin,” added the 6th overall pick in last year’s PBA Rookie Draft.
Romeo crowned himself as the PBA’s Three-Point King last year in Puerto Princesa after outgunning Yap and JC Intal in the Finals. – Richard Dy
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