THE SHOPINAS.COM CLICKERS 2011-12 PREVIEW
I am really happy that team governor Shiela Lina is bent on making the Shopinas.com Clickers competitive. Fact is Barako Bull and Powerade have been for some reason an outlet for weaker “midcard” teams to get wins.
But unlike Powerade that has “powered” up, Shopinas is parading a very, VERY weak squad.
At least Franz Pumaren and his DLSU cronies are trying to make the squad competitive. There were talks that Franz is being called by the alumni to replace his brother but those rumors were quelled following the announcement that former DLSU Archer and current Petron assistant Gee Abanilla will call the shots and current Ginebra assistant coach Jong Uichico will serve as team consultant. Anyway, without a solid offensive option, all eyes will focus on the reawakening of Renren Ritualo. It has been what… three years ago since he was last relevant but his team will need his rejuvenated spirit especially with the loss of their other offensive threat Lordy Tugade to Petron. In any case the team will just have to do with former Petron Blazer Jojo Duncil and former Meralco Bolt Ogie Menor. I thought the Clickers had a good 2011 PBA Draft by acquiring Smart-Gilas players Mark Barroca and Magi Sison but they merely handed the FEU Tamaraw to B-Meg. The only possible way to make things right is Elmer Espiritu’s resurgence from his abysmal rookie year. At least the Clickers got hold of former Smart-Gilas mainstay RJ Jazul.
|I wish this experiment works.|
Old hand Paolo Hubalde is set to be the team’s main quarterback with Dennis Daa, Marvin Cruz (?), Pong Escobal (?), Khasim Mirza, Vaughn Canta, (they failed to play for the squad last season) and Chad Alonzo (?) as the other holdovers from last season’s roster. However, their positions in the squad have yet to be cast in stone as Pumaren and his people are checking other possible applicants like former UST Tiger Mark Canlas, former first round pick (that has yet to play in the PBA) James Sena, ex-DLSU stars Hyram Bagatsing and Brian Ilad, and any random offensive player’s hell on earth Homer Se. Surely in the future I can see the Pumaren trying to retrieve either Joseph Yeo or Don Allado to their fray.
While the team will pass their 12-man lineup in time, I can see it ballooning to 18 as the season progress.
OUTLOOK: The team will be the Philippine Cup’s favorite whipping boys. But as the Philippine Cup progresses, Pumaren will probably get a clear view on the players that “click” in his system. Who knows – maybe the team will luck out on an import in either the Commissioner’s or the Governor’s Cup that will take them to levels that weren’t projected for them.
But certainly they will suck in the Philippine Cup.
PHILIPPINE CUP RANK: TENTH