‘It felt like I grew up here,’ says Alaska import on his MRT ride on way to PBA game


Wendell McKines of Alaska. PBA IMAGE by Nuki Sabio

MANILA, Philippines – Not even players from Alaska and San Mig Coffee, who were set for a crucial tiff, were spared by the heavy traffic throughout Metro Manila due to the unrelenting rain and flooding that came with it Tuesday.

Stuck along Edsa, Aces swingman Dondon Hontiveros was left with no choice but to walk along with his son from Corinthians just to get to the game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City, on time.

Mixers center Yancy de Ocampo too, traveled on foot on his way to the game.

Alaska import Wendell McKines meanwhile, had to squeeze in his six-foot-four, 240-pound chiseled frame at the MRT Shaw Boulevard station.

“It was fun. It felt like I grew up here,” said McKines of the experience. “It was jampacked. There were a lot of people and they were looking at me like why is he not at the Arena yet.”

“It was a fun experience. I got to experience a little bit of the culture,” McKines added with a laugh.

San Mig Coffee point guard Mark Barroca, whom his coach Tim Cone said “is never late for a basketball game” also took the MRT to get to the venue.

“Yancy (de Ocampo) came in with his pants rolled up. First thing he did was take the shower,” said Cone.

Barroca’s teammates Joe Devance and import Marqus Blakely on the other hand, were picked up by one of the team’s ball boys on a motorcycle.

“We picked up Marqus with a motorcycle in the White Plains. We had four players who came in 10 minutes before the game started. Joe was the first of the four to make it.”

Alaska’s star guard JVee Casio was the last one to make it to the venue. He came in midway through the second quarter and it visibly affected his rhythm.

“That was fortunate for us, he (Casio) had to rush himself.  People always talk about Calvin (Abueva) but he is always the key to the team. JVee really is the engine that makes that team run,” said Cone after the Mixers won, 95-82.

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  • superbok

    New PBA player company benefit- company bike (instead of car). :)

  • Mark

    Taon taon na lang bang ganito, baha dito baha doon?

  • RedvD

    Dondon in Corinthians.. wow, it really pays to play ball!

  • disqus_zhuy02dgZg

    “That was fortunate for us, he (Casio) had to
    rush himself. People always talk about Calvin (Abueva) but he is always
    the key to the team. JVee really is the engine that makes that team
    run,” said Cone after the Mixers won, 95-82.

    hindi na po si cone ang coach ng alaska

  • Marcos5

    Lawmakers ! Invest and Fix that MRT additional trains needed and rails !

  • archerfan

    thats dedication guys! good job!!

  • wawa2172

    At least this players experience the floods and sumakay nang MRT para lang maka pag trabaho (or maglaro). The lawmakers sa congress will surely declare suspension of work kahit kaunting buhos nang ulan. Takot lang nilang abutin nang baha sa kalsada dahil tiyak malulunod sila. Marunong bang lumangoy ang mga baboy? To the PBA players who sacrificed going to Arena to play saludo ako sa inyo dahil kahit baha balewala di lang mapaligaya ang mga fans but they value ang trabaho..di gaya nang iba diyan sa congress, nag tratrabaho para trabahuhin ang pork barrel.

    • gilalas

      Marunong lumangoy ang mga buwaya… mahilig silang kumain ng baboy :D

    • PinoyMundo Biz

      Kahit wala naman ulan bakante lagi mga upuan sa Kongreso.

  • flybizz777

    quality of life in Manila is really in the toilet….

    • disqus_ZrxaGjUzMQ


      • gilalas

        Move to Somalia, I heard it’s quite nice this time of the year.

      • IsipPinoy

        I don’t go to Manila anymore, nakakarimarim ang kapaligiran. I miss the Manila I knew.

    • disqus_ZrxaGjUzMQ


    • IsipPinoy

      Andun na sa Manila Bay umaalingasaw.

  • Guest

    sitting on traffic for hours and hours just the quality of life in Manila is…..

  • dodong1

    di ba…wanna ang itim na to…

    • Pulis Na Pogi

      “It was fun. It felt like I grew up here,” said McKines of the experience.

      basa basa muna ng maayos bago gumawa ng comment para hindi magmukhang engot…

    • kunsabagay

      Basa basa din dodong pag may time

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