Father and son at Petron



Snow Badua reports on Twitter that the Petron Blaze Boosters, feeling the need to boost up their bench with the release of Lordy Tugade, Jojo Duncil and Paolo Hubalde to Shopinas and Jay Washington and Rabeh Al-Hussaini to injuries...

... has acquired Marc Agustin.

NEPOTISM!

But if you think about it though, the acquisition of Agustin is not a bad idea.

Marc Agustin is the spawn of PBA MVP and current Petron Blaze Boosters coach Ato Agustin. The tattoo-laden small forward is the twenty-first pick of the 2011 PBA Draft. He played college ball with the Adamson Soaring Falcons and his teammates included Ken Bono, Patrick Cabahug, Paul Gonzalgo, Roel Hugnatan, Mike Galinato, and current Falcons Alex Nuyles, Lester Alvarez, Jerick Canada, and Jan Colina. After being left unsigned by the Powerade Tigers, Marc tried out with his dad’s team and gained a spot.

In his first full conference as head coach, the elder Agustin piloted Petron to the 2011 Governor’s Cup title. Maybe a perk we don’t know is that the coach can pick his son to play for his squad. After the humiliating end of Talk N Text’s grand slam hopes... I’ll give in to every perk Agustin wants! Regardless, this is not the first the league has seen this. Robert Jaworski chose Dodot Jaworski in the second round of the 1995 PBA Draft. In the MBA, legendary player and coach Jimmy Mariano handpicked his son, former DLSU Green Archer Jonas Mariano as the star of his Surigao Miners.

While there are instances of this kind, the following father and son combos mentioned fare less to what is happening at Letran right now. From the makers of Chris Calaguio, Willie Miller, and RJ Jazul is another shooting guard that has the tools to flourish in the big leagues. Kevin Alas is the Knights’ leader right now, and it’s not because of his ties with the coaching staff. Playing under his dad Louie Alas, Kevin has evolved into a very accurate hitman that can also defend the ball.

Kevin Alas is heavily considered to play part of the second reincarnation of Smart-Gilas.

Meanwhile, Marc Agustin was never really a top star in college. He had the license to shoot during his senior season only because of the fact that he’s a senior. He was inconsistent in his scoring and he was not the star player.

But so was Allein Maliksi.

... And frankly... a lot more.

Petron will have Dondon Hontiveros, Chris Lutz, Joseph Yeo, Rey Guevarra, and Agustin. Among these five, Agustin is the peskier defender with nothing to lose. Dondon has been healthy most of his career but Yeo is often injury prone while Guevarra remains untested. Lutz will shine in this season but just in case they need extra help, the former Adamson Falcon must be ready. Agustin is tagged as a near-third round selection had not for Shopinas’ extra pick and I think Agustin is bound to make his presence felt.

But then again, online reports buzzed that Lordy Tugade has been released by the Shopinas.com Clickers. Franz Pumaren has anointed freedom on the Alaminos Assassin and he is free to go to whatever team that yearns for his services. The most likely scenario for Tugade is that either he will return to the Petron Blaze Boosters where he played his last season (before injuries struck)... or go to the former Air21 Express that is now the Barako Bull Energy where the Lina people are saying that they are rebuilding the tradition of the storied Red Bull franchise. As people know, Tugade was a Red Bull player since his PBL days and from the looks of things, the team is poised to title contend.  

If Tugade “returns” to Barako then Agustin will have a slim chance to play for the Boosters. I expect him to find his way to the system because The Atom Bomb will find ways for his son to succeed. However, if he can’t find a way to succeed in the roster spot he earned, expect the younger Agustin to unravel a hurtful reality.

But then again, maybe Marc Agustin can force the issue by his lonesome.

And he’ll show the critics that he is not just the Atom Bomb’s son.

Game over!

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