Depth, Versatility, and Championship Aspirations Define Pasig City MCW

Nov 28, 2023

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MANILA, Philippines – Pasig City MCW takes the court ready to come out on top in style for the new MPBL season. Head coach Bong Hawkins leads a deep, versatile Pasig roster brimming with seasoned talents ready to make championship noise against all comers.

Dynamic guard Michael Mabulac and sharpshooting big man Michael Miranda anchor Pasig’s attack. Mabulac averaged 16 points last campaign, excelling off the dribble and bombing away from deep with 37% accuracy from three-point land. Meanwhile, the burly Miranda is a premier post scorer and rebounder coming off an 18-point, 9.5 rebounds a game campaign last season. These pillars give Pasig premier production and leadership.

Running mate Jason Opiso provides a steady veteran presence as a backup point guard. Opiso has masterful court vision and passing touch to spearhead Pasig’s transition attack and keep all scorers involved in the flow of the offense.

Wingman Justin Gutang is a proven bucket-getter adept at penetrating and bullying smaller defenders inside or rising over them to rain jumpers with his excellent reach. Justin averaged 14 points and 6 rebounds last season, primed to improve on those numbers.

In the frontcourt, towering center Jeric Teng gives Pasig size and interior intimidation at 6-foot-6, while power forward Carlo Lastimosa is a relentless worker on the glass, fetching extra possessions through offensive rebounding and second-chance buckets.

Hawkins has further upgraded his versatile roster through a pair of new signings. Combo guard Bong Quinto joins the fold after suiting up for Bacoor last season. An explosive leaper and pesky defender, Quinto can play either guard spot and bolsters Pasig’s depth in the backcourt rotation. The other intriguing pickup is former collegiate MVP Jett Manuel, another guard with the ability to create offense or finish plays from the wing spots. Manuel averaged over 20 PPG in his NCAA days and brings another proven scoring punch to Pasig’s already deep pool of shot-creators.

With jack-of-all-trades Spencer Pretta, Jerome Pasculado, and Adriane Mosqueda rounding out the supporting cast as situational contributors that further expand Pasig’s bench unit, depth, and balance are clear strengths for Coach Hawkins’ well-constructed squad. They come at opponents in waves without missing a beat.

To take the next step as contenders this season, Pasig City MCW will be leaning into their athleticism and versatility. Boasting an enviable surplus of quickness at multiple positions coupled with rangy wings that let them play big or small-ball lineups based on favorable matchups, Pasig can adapt quickly on both ends.

Coach Hawkins preaches disruptive defense through relentless ball pressure and denying opponents’ passing lanes by switching everything. Offensively, Pasig thrives in transition by pushing pace at every opportunity. But they can tighten up in the half-court as well to execute efficiently with good spacing.

With experienced leaders, emerging talent, and a deep bench at his disposal, mentored by a championship pedigree coach in Hawkins, Pasig City MCW enters the new MPBL campaign ready to compete proudly and make their loyal fanbase happy by achieving sustained success. The talent and chemistry are here for a special season capped by title glory. Pasig’s time starts now.

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