February 12, 2019

2019 PBA D-LEAGUE SEASON: Meet the new faces

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PBA D-LEAGUE NEWS RELEASE
FEBRUARY 12, 2019


2019 PBA D-LEAGUE SEASON: Meet the new faces


THIRDY Ravena banners the new faces which will set foot in the upcoming 2019 PBA D-League wars, set to open on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

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The uber athletic swingman will carry the torch for Cignal-Ateneo as the back-to-back UAAP champion makes its maiden foray in the developmental ranks.

"I can't wait for the competition kasi bagong experience yun, bagong level, bagong platform for all of us, not just for me but the whole team. I can't wait to play in the D-League," said Ravena.

Top overall pick Joshua Munzon will strut his stuff for AMA Online Education, together with Kib Montalbo and Troy Rike, while Adamson forward Sean Manganti will lead the fight for Che'Lu Bar and Grill.

Foundation Cup champion Go for Gold-CSB entrusts its destiny on high-flyer Justin Gutang and sweet-shooting Roosevelt Adams, who are both fresh from their Mighty Sports stint in the 2019 Dubai International Championship.

James Canlas leads the youth revolution in Metro Pac-San Beda, do-it-all forward Dave Ildefonso will take the lead for SMDC-NU, and Marinerong Pilipino will bank on the duo of Santo Santillan and Anton Asistio.

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Jun Manzo will captain Diliman College-Gerry's Grill, Ken Tuffin will steer the wheel for Cha Dao-FEU, Ian Alban is expected to be the go-to-guy for The Masterpiece-Trinity University of Asia, and Ben Adamos will make his debut for Perpetual and will team up with the comebacking Keith Pido.

Mark Nonoy, one of the youngest to ever lace up his sneakers in the PBA D-League at 18 will see action for UST.

But this season isn't all about the fresh blood as studs from last year will make their respective comebacks.

UE super scorer Alvin Pasaol takes his act to Petron-Letran, while FEU shooter Arvin Tolentino will now be donning the Wangs Basketball colors.

Allyn Bulanadi and RK Ilagan will also be the backbone for Valencia City Bukidnon-San Sebastian,while JP Maguliano and Cedric de Joya anchor Batangas-EAC.

Rich Guinitaran will captain the still intact CEU squad, while Mohammed Pare is still a force to be reckoned with down low for St. Clare Virtual Reality.

Former PBA players will also be abound in the 20-team field, with veterans imparting much needed wisdom among their younger teammates.

Ogie Menor makes his comeback with McDavid together with Jerick Canada and Jason Melano, as Fonzo Gotladera and Marvin Hayes lead the ship for Family Mart-Enderun.