Banal, Melano to reinforce Blustar in PBA D-League | Inquirer Sports

Banal, Melano to reinforce Blustar in PBA D-League

/ 05:57 PM February 06, 2017

Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

Ael Banal and Jason Melano are returning to their old stomping grounds, this time to see action for Blustar Detergent in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.

Blackwater team manager Johnson Martines said he will loan his two wards to the Dragons.

Banal, the first non-Gilas play selected in the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft, has played sparingly in his first conference with Blackwater.


The 6-foot-2 guard collected 10 points, five steals, and four rebounds in the nine games he has played this past 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.

Melano, meanwhile, has only played for a game with the Elite, finishing with two points and two rebounds in six minutes in his lone appearance against San Miguel last January 6.

Blustar has yet to win a game in the two outings and assistant coach Britt Reroma shared a Filipino reinforcement will definitely be a plus for the team.

“We need them to help the team. It’s really a different level of basketball for the Malaysian players that we have,” he said.

The Dragons returns to action on Tuesday against Cafe France at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.

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TAGS: 2017 Aspirants' Cup, Ael Banal, Blackwater Elite, Jason Melano, PBA D-League

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