PBA News
January 20, 1997

14 rookie PBA pros picked.

ANDREW JOHN SEIGLE dons his Mobiline jacket. (Bob DUNGO Jr.)
The big show went according to script. Mobiline grabbed Fil-American six-foot-eight Andrew John Seigle as overall top pick and Sunkist Orange made 6-6 Nicholas Belasco, another Fil-Am find as No. 2 in yesterday's well-attended annual PBA draft at the Glorietta mall in Makati City. The first home-grown amateur pick, 1995 PBL MVP Jason Webb, 6-2-1/2, went to Sta. Lucia Realty while crowd darling Ginebra which will use the Gordon Gin monicker in the 1997 season, took in PBL veteran Edward C. Naron, a mainstay of the University of the Visayas and unknown Manuel Ortega Jr., 5-10, in the second round.

NICHOLAS BELASCO (right), another Fil-American, is joined by Sunkist team manager Elmer Yanga (left) and chief Bottler Vergel Meneses. (BD)
Aside from drafting Webb, Sta. Lucia, now coached by Chot Reyes, acquired 6-5 former Ateneo slotman 6-5 Gabby Cui and 6-6 Angelo David in the first round. Sta. Lucia exercised draft rights given up by Shell and Alaska in exchange for the Realtors' draft rights in the 1998 season. Seigle, a standout from New Orleans University, a US NCAA Division I school, exclaimed: ``I'm raring to go. I have progressed tremendously.'' Seigle was scouted by Mobiline official Tommy Manotoc who steered Crispa to a grand slam finish in 1983.

JASON WEBB: First home-grown amateur pick went to Sta. Lucia Realty. (BD)
"The acquisition of Seigle and the transfer of Jeffrey Cariaso bolstered the team offensively and defensively,'' new Mobiline coach Norman Black enthused. Belasco is a standout from US NCAA Division II Notre Dame University where he graduated with B.S. Psychology degree. Belasco, whose mother hails from Laoag, Ilocos Norte, will team up with 6-8 giant Bonel Balingit. The Cellulars also got former La Salle Green Archers and PBL campaigner Antonio Espinosa in the second round, while Sunkist chose high-leaping Romulo Marata, younger brother of Ric Ric Marata. Playing-coach Robert Jaworski settled for Naron and Ortega, saying Ginebra is already a complete team. ``Wala ng kulang sa team, kumpleto na kami,'' said Jaworski who was in the company of assistant coach Rino Salazar, former team manager Bernabe Navarro, current team bossman Monchit Carballo and player Vince Hizon.

Shell got the services of 6-3 Ernesto Ballesteros and Purefoods grabbed 6-3 Lowell Briones. Shell's bid for Ballesteros came from San Miguel in exchange for the 1998 draft right. San Miguel picked Ronilo Padilla, Purefoods got 6-2 Freche William Ang and Shell took in former Mapua Cardinal Jose Ma. Mendoza after Sta. Lucia and Mobiline passed in the second round. All eight teams passed in the third round. Those who did not make it were Fil-Am Vincent Calip, Pableo Canoneo Jr., Nathanael Montoya and Dave Planas. -CLYDE MARIANO and NOEL RODRIGUEZ

January 17,1997
PureFoods trades Racela to San Miguel for 'nothing'.

Jacobs' our man - SMB

January 16,1997
BCAP: Jacobs appointment may be illegal.

If they don't like me, I won't coach - Jacobs

Six beat deadline for PBA rights

January 15,1997
San Miguel appoints Jacobs as new coach.

Forget the Fil-Ams, here's a slew of choices on draft day.

ABS-CBN, 4 others to vie for PBA TV rights.

January 14,1997
Mobiline snares another big one in Racela.

PBA update on IBC-13.

January 13,1997
Alaska speaks with fork tongue.

PBA games score big in viewership.

Source: Manila Bulletin Online

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