29 July 2015

A Veteran Wing Option for the Bolts

Patrick Cabahug
If worse comes to worse and the Bolts failed to secure a reliable wingman from the draft to support Gary David, the only option left is to find a temporary short-term reliever from free agency. Guys like Jojo Duncil and Bonbon Custodio could be considered, but the team may want to take a closer look at former Adamson University gunner, Patrick Cabahug.

The nephew of former PBA star Elmer Cabahug currently plays for the Hi-Tech Bangkok City, which defeated the Westports Malaysia Dragons to win the 2014 AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League championship last 11 November 2014. Cabahug average 19.2 points and 23.7 minutes per game, including 33.3 percent shooting from the rainbow arc.

Cabahug, who turns 31 last January, applied for the PBA draft in 2008 but was not picked. That was the year when Gabe Norwood, Jared Dillinger, Jason Castro, Rob Reyes, Sol Mercado, Mark Borboran, Beau Belga, Bon-Bon Custodio, Larry Rodriguez and Kelvin Gregorio were selected in the first round, in that order. Cabahug hopes to join Mark Yee, Lawrence Bonus and Nat Cruz as that year’s undrafted cagers who went on to play in the PBA just the same.

The sweet-shooting Cabahug earned his spurs at the University of Visayas and Adamson University. In 2007, he played for the Philippine team that won the gold medal at the Southeast Asian Games.

A former UAAP scoring champion, Cabahug was a Toyota Otis standout in the PBL and also starred for Misamis Oriental in the Tournament of the Philippines

It remains to be seen, however, if Cabahug can translate his play in the ABL into the PBA. Both are very different leagues in terms of physicality, pace, style, and most importantly, expectations. It is hard to imagine what his ABL team would do if they lose him, but, in the PBA, with each position stacked from top to bottom, Cabahug may be dispensable.

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