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MPBL MVP John Wilson to lead Ozamiz Cotta in VisMin

Ozamiz Cotta will be fielding a crack team in the Mindanao leg of the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup.

Headlining Ozamiz is John Wilson of the Go for Gold-San Juan Knights in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.

Wilson, a 6-foot-2, 34-year-old sniper, is coming off an MVP campaign in the 2019-21 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas MPBL Lakan Cup. He averaged 19.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.4 steals in 41 games played.

The native of Binangonan, Rizal led the Knights to a second-place finish in the semi-pro league.

Backstopping Wilson are team captain Pamboy Raymondo, Carlo Lastimosa, Marvin Hayes, and Joseph Eriobu.

Raymundo played for the GenSan Warriors during the Lakan Cup, norming 13.1 points, 6.4 assists, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game to earn a spot in the second All-MPBL team.

Hayes and Lastimosa both played for the Manila Stars in the MBPL while Eriobu played in the ASEAN Basketball League’s Hong Kong Eastern last year.

Hayes will also serve as the team manager of the Cotta.

Completing the squad are team owner Monching Talisayon, Jayvee Marcelino, Jaie Berdan, Jay-ar Pagente, Kris Lucernas, Jay-r Jalem, MJ Casanova, Rey De Mesa, VJ Santos, Chris Santos, and Brent Palattao.

The team which is also owned by Wesley Sun will be coached by head coach Miguel Borilla Jr. Completing the team’s staff are Donald Ronquillo, Ian Dungca, and Aldo Panlilio.

The Mindanao Leg of the country’s first-ever professional league in the south is slated to open on May 25 still in Dipolog City in Zamboanga Del Norte.

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