Quinto remains grateful despite surprise fall to 2nd round

Quinto remains grateful despite surprise fall to 2nd round

Bong Quinto is still happy to be drafted to the PBA even if it was not what many expected it to be. Dennis Acosta
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Bong Quinto, who was even tipped to be selected somewhere in the middle of the first round of the PBA Draft, found himself missing the said round and instead slipping to the second round of the said proceeding at the Robinson's Place Manila atrium on Sunday night.

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"Wala tayong magagawa kasi meron silang mga sistema dito. Siguro hindi ako magfi-fit sa mga ibang teams," said Quinto.

Despite of it, Quinto remained thankful that he can finally showcase his talent to the PBA, particularly with Meralco.

"Sobrang thankful ako na pinili nila ako, continued the former Letran and Batangas City star, the 14th overall pick of the draft. "Sobrang thankful ako doon kasi yun yung binigay ni Lord sa akin, so masaya ako doon."

Specifically, Quinto will play with a team that made the Governors' Cup Finals for two straight seasons and has a seasoned mentor in Norman Black.

"Yun naman ang gusto ng isang player talaga eh. Ito pangarap ko. Meron akong chance na i-prove ko sa kanila yung worth ko. Masaya ako na pinick ako nila Coach Norman," Quinto further said.

On what last season's NCAA "triple-double machine" will bring to the Bolts, he said, "Kung anong kaya kong gawin, dadagdagan ko para makatulong ako sa team. Kaya kong makipagsabayan at i-provide ang tulong sa mga teammates ko. Kaya kong maging role player. Kung ano ang ibibigay ni Coach Norman sa akin, magdo-double effort lang ako."

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