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Caloocan taps Bullpups assistant Rene Baena as its new head coach

by Niel Victor Masoy, April 28, 2020 4:18pm

The Caloocan Supremos have already found a new man, who will call the shots for their campaign in the fourth season of the Chooks-to-Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.

Caloocan named National University Bullpups assistant coach Rene Baena as its new head coach.

Baena replaced John Kallos, who already bid goodbye to the Supremos to head-coach the Sarangani Marlins.

"The plan is to put up a team that will play with much pride and heart. Determined with such desire to bring out the best in the team," said Baena on Tuesday.

With Kallos also bringing his assistants to Sarangani, Baena filled the void left by those guys with 11 people to assist him - namely Nemie Villegas, Mark Herrera, Bong Solian, Brian Gorospe, Manny Calipes, Peter Sta. Maria, Edu Miguel, Derek Evangelista, Percy Estrella, Marlon Tubig, and Vis Valencia, who head-coached the Quezon City Capitals during the Lakan Cup.

Baena and the Supremos management are also starting their rebuild by tapping nine new players, with Mon Mabayo leading the pack.

Mabayo played for Quezon City in the Lakan Cup and put up 9.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

Joining Mobayo are JR Raflores from Rizal, Mark Acuno from Pampanga, Raymark Matias, St. Clare's Joseph Peñaredondo and Marte Gil, Cebu's Erick Bangcoyan and Garrex Puerto, and John Rosagas from Uratex's club team.

The Supremos, who narrowly missed the North Division playoffs in the Lakan Cup with a 16-14 slate, have re-signed four players in Cedric Labing-isa, Damien Lasco, Renz Cervantes, Radge Tongco, John Ambulodto, and Danny Marilao.

Coming from a storied Bullpups high basketball program, Baena is set to hold high standards for Caloocan as it looks to contend next season.

"We always want a perfect effort in any game and in any practice," he remarked.

However, with the MPBL's next season still far from the horizon and the Philippines is still battling the COVID19 pandemic, Baena is keeping himself busy as a frontliner.

"Call of duty, nasa frontline. Mahirap kaunti because of the threat ng virus pero we just take necessary precautions," said Baena, who's a Kagawad in Barangay St. Peter in Quezon City.

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