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Isaiah Hontiveros leaves UC, joins FEU-Diliman

by Reynald Magallon, March 13, 2019 4:14pm

Isaiah Hontiveros, son of PBA great Dondon Hontiveros, is set to leave University of Cebu Baby Webmasters of the CESAFI to join FEU Baby Tamaraws in the UAAP.

After leading the Baby Webmasters to its first championship in a decade, the second-generation cager has decided to showcase his talent in Manila after committing to play for the Baby Tamaraws.

According to Cebu Daily News, it is the elder Hontiveros’ decision to have the rising Cebuano star play for FEU. In an interview with CDN, the Cebuano Legend relayed that it is part of his son’s growth and he’s excited to see his potential.

“He has gained a lot with his one year here in Cebu. The experience and the relationships he has built will be in his heart forever. Basta ma champion, dili na gyud na makalimtan (Once you become a champion, you’ll never forget it). I am excited for him though mingawon gyud mi niya, and siya sad mingawon namu ( I am excited for him though he will miss us and twe will miss him  as well). His family will be always be here for him. Part of growing is moving out of his comfort zone. As a father, I’m excited to see him grow and reach his potential,” Dondon Hontiveros said.

The younger Hontiveros for his part, understands where his Dad is coming from and trusts him that the decision will be for his best although Isaiah admitted he felt sad after hearing his move to FEU.

“To be honest, It wasn’t my decision to go back to FEU. Dad decided, first time I heard about it, I felt down, knowing I could help UC compete and lead them to back to back championships. But right now I’m seeing it through my dad’s point of view, and I know he just wants the best for my career,” Isaiah said.

“Although I wanted to play out my remaining high school years for UC, I also thought about my future with FEU knowing it could take my game to a whole new level,” he added.

Isaiah was happy about his development with UC in the Cesafi which according to him helped him step out of his Dad’s shadow. He also said he would cherish his bond with his teammates especially after all they’ve been through to get UC a championship.

“I felt happiness, I felt free, People knowing and acknowledging me for who I am and not only as Dondon Hontiveros’ son. The bond with my teammates that I had is unbreakable. I’m glad I had so much memories with them, Champions or not champions this year I am truly proud of the team.”

With his move to Manila, the  6’1” wingman relishes the chance to make a name for himself with FEU who has been known in developing and producing talented guards like PBA Legend Johnny Abarrientos, PBA Superstar Terrence Romeo, and former Gilas Cadets member Mike Tolomia just to name a few.

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