For essentially the most a part of their careers as gamers, Jimmy Alapag and Dondon Hontiveros shared moments each as rivals and teammates.
In the PBA, Alapag was the primary man in the backcourt of Talk ‘N Text for a few years earlier than Jayson Castro succeeded him on the Tropang Texters camp.
Hontiveros meanawhile performed for a lot of seasons and loved profitable championships with the San Miguel Beermen earlier than spending the rest of his profession seeing motion for Air21/Barako Bull and in a while, the Alaska Aces.
But they, too, shared the court docket collectively as members of the South choice workforce in the PBA All-Stars in addition to the earlier national groups.
They’re now each exterior the PBA, however they nonetheless work collectively for Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League, with Alapag serving as head coach and Hontiveros being essentially the most senior member of the squad.
“I feel very fortunate to have both Danny Seigle as a consultant and Dondon Hontiveros as a player for Alab Pilipinas. They both had incredible careers in the PBA. Their experience, leadership and knowledge of the game have been a huge help for the Alab team. Despite their Hall of Fame careers, it would be hard to find two better people off the court as well, so I’m just thankful we’re going thru this season with Alab altogether,” Alapag wrote in a textual content message to InterAksyon.
For Hontiveros, profitable a championship earlier than retiring is essentially the most logical conclusion in ending a colourful enjoying profession. He got here shut of profitable a championship with the Aces, who entered the finals 4 occasions in the final three seasons he performed for beneath head coach Alex Compton, earlier than lastly exiting the PBA.
He hopes that his ABL stint will enable him to seize that elusive crown.
“It would mean a lot to be part of the team that helped Jimmy and Danny win the ABL on our first try,” Hontiveros mentioned.
Hontiveros was impressed on the short transition of his friends from gamers to coaches.
“Jimmy has always been a leader and I’m not surprised how good he runs the team. He is dedicated and he really is a servant leader. What I’m surprised about is Danny. He is just known to be an offensive player, but he is really transitioning well as a consultant and a key part of the coaching staff,” he mentioned.