21 more selected at close of 2019 PBA Draft

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Teams have begun to pass later in the PBA Draft, and only 21 out of the remaining 42 draft hopefuls were selected as the proceeding came to an end on Sunday night at the Robinson's Place Manila Atrium.

Already satisfied with its selection of Allyn Bulanadi in the special Gilas Cadets round, Barkley Eboña in the first regular round, and Rey Publico in the second round, Alaska was the first to pass from the draft come Round 3.

Meralco, Rain Or Shine, Magnolia, and Ginebra followed suit in Round 4, but they first took Michael Cañete, Luke Parcero, Alvin Capobres, and Fran Asuncion respectively in the third round.

Columbian, Blackwater, NorthPort, and TNT then passed in Round 5, although Bonbon Batiller and Marco Balagtas ended up with Columbian, Cris Bitoon and Hubert Cani ended up with Blackwater, Cris Dumapig and Dexter Zamora went to NorthPort, and Simon Camacho and Val Chauca ended up with TNT.

Only three players were selected in the fifth round, Jeramer Cabanag (NLEX), Jeff Santos (Phoenix), and Von Tambeling (San Miguel), and the three teams eventually called it a night afterward.

The Road Warriors earlier took Gelo Vito and Jayvee Marcelino, while the Fuel Masters, who only got to pick in Round 3, took Ralph Tansingco and Spencer Pretta, and the Beermen earlier selected Travis Thompson and Daniel De Guzman.

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