May 04, 2021

Enciso hoping to share veteran leadership at Blackwater

SIMON Enciso hopes to provide veteran presence to a young Blackwater team raring to bounce back from a disappointing campaign last season.

Although just in his sixth year in the PBA, Enciso is just one of the few players in the team who experienced playing in the finals with TnT Tropang Giga and Alaska, respectively.

It also helped that during his early years, he had the chance to be around league veterans such as Gabe Norwood, Joe Devance, and Sol Mercado to guide him along the way.

Now, he wants to reciprocate the act among the Bossing's young guns.

"All of them (Norwood and Co.) have mold me and given me advice to become the player that I am today. Definitely would like to share that knowledge I got from them on our team such as Josh Torralba, who's also a Fil-Am we picked up, Raymark Acuno, and Andre Paras," said the 30-year-old guard from San Francisco, California.

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Acuno and Torralba were taken by Blackwater in the second round of the recent draft at nos. 14 and 15 respectively, while Paras was still available in the third round and tabbed with the 27th pick.

Enciso joined the Bossing in the off-season as part of the three-team trade package that also involved TnT and NLEX.

He just came from a finals stint with the Tropang Giga during the Philippine Cup bubble where the team lost to Barangay Ginebra Kings in the best-of-five series, 4-1.

Enciso averaged 9.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in 22 games for the Tropang Giga.

The championship experience he gained with TnT, not to mention with Alaska during the 2018 Governors' Cup, is what he hopes to impart with the Bossing, who failed to make the playoffs last season.

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"I play both sides of the floor. I think what I can bring to Blackwater is some veteran leadership," he said.

"Smart work ethic, they know what they can get from me. I'm going to show up every day and work hard," Enciso added. "That's what I'm hoping to bring to the team and just share upon all the other guys we have in the team." (RG)