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Rommel Adducul

NCAA MVP times three!
by FHM Staff | Jun 28, 2006
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INTERVIEW: Ianne G. Hernandez
PHOTOGRAPHY: Aaron Vicencio

San Sebastian Stags, 1994-1997

How did your basketball career begin?
I grew up in Tuguegarao tapos after ng high school graduation ko, nagtry-out ako rito. Sa Tuguegarao naglalaro na ako pero walang exposure dun. At the same time nakita ng pinsan ko na may potential ako kasi matangkad ako. Pinagtry-out niya ako sa San Sebastian. After that nag one-year residency ako run. Then after a year, naglaro na ako nung 1994. Iyon yung start ng career ko sa NCAA.

What were your other interests when you were a student?
Nung high school, aside from basketball, naglalaro rin ako ng baseball. Tapos nung college, course ko nun was Management. Puro math yun. Ang favorite subject ko nun yung…recess, ha ha!

Who were your fellow Stags during your five-year reign?
Yung 1994 to 1997 championship na streak yung naabutan ko. Kasama ko nun sina Rodney Santos, Banjo Calpito, Rommel Daet, William Marasigan, Alvin Morante. Coach namin ever since si Arturo Valenzola, assistant niya si Bay Cristobal.

How was the rivalry with Letran then?
Parang Ateneo-La Salle yung rivalry namin with Letran noon. Naaalala ko pa nung naglalaro kami laging may nababasag na sasakyan, nagbabatuhan, tapos may nag-aaway sa labas. Magulo talaga. Lahat naman ng teams noon malakas, kaya lang buo yung team namin from point guard to big man kaya nagawa naming mag-champion ng limang beses.

And you were MVP thrice! What’s the difference between your NCAA days with playing in the PBA?
Siyempre mga payatot pa kami noon. Takbuhan nang takbuhan hindi gaya sa professionals. Although takbuhan din sa PBA, pero not like before na kung saan saan lang kami pumupunta. Tsaka noon walang kapaguran kasi syempre mga bata pa kami. Ngayon sa PBA marami kang kailangang gawin na moves dahil marami kang ibi-beat na players, lalo na’t mas malalaki na sila.

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