Anak Mindanao Warriors is newest team in Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup
CEBU CITY, Philippines—- The Anak Mindanao Warriors-Zamboanga Sibugay is the newest team to join the Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup that will kick off on November 20, 2021 in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur.
The league’s Chief Operations Officer (COO) Chelito Caro confirmed that the Anak Mindanao Partylist-backed basketball team had officially signed with the league and were expected to see in action in the upcoming second conference on Nov. 20.
“Zamboanga Sibugay is a strong team. Ang coach nila is the former assistant coach of the Basilan Peace Riders, and daghan sila maayo nga players,” said Caro.
(Zamboanga Sibugay is a strong team. Their coach is the former assistant coach of the Basiland Peace Riders, and they have a lot of good players.)
The team’s head coach is Arnold Oliveros, who served as the assistant coach to Jerson Allen Cabiltes of the formidable Basilan Peace Riders that swept both the Mindanao leg and the Southern finals in the inaugural conference.
Caro also said that Cebuano power forward Rhaffy Octobre and small forward Michael Mabulac had joined the Anak Mindanao Warriors’ roster.
“Lig-on ni sila kay ilang nakuha si Rhaffy Octobre ug Michael Mabulac and ang nakanindot ani, balanced na ang mga teams karon tungod sa changes atong gibuhat,” said Caro.
(They are a strong team because they recruited Rhaffy Octobre and Michael Mabulac, and what is better about this is that the teams now are balanced because of the changes we made.)
League officials already announced that they’ve implemented new changes for the second conference’s roster composition.
Each team are limited to sign six players from Luzon while the rest should be composed of players from Visayas and Mindanao and homegrown players.
Plus, everyone in the team have an equal playing time after they’ve implemented changes for the playing five on the court.
Each team should field in a maximum of two players from Luzon, two from VisMin and one homegrown player per quarter.
In this case, Octobre and Mabulac’s signing with Zamboanga Sibugay is a huge boost for the team.
Octobre averaged 8.3 points per game for the reigning Visayas leg champions, the KCS Computer Specialists Mandaue City. He also averaged 5.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
Meanwhile, Mabulac was one of Basilan’s top scorers for averaging 11 ppg, 2.5 apg, and 7.9 rpg.
Caro said that the Anak Mindanao Warriors were the eighth team that confirmed their participation for the second conference.
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