Quezon has started its build-up for the coming season of the Chooks-to-Go Women’s National Basketball League-Pilipinas after getting commitments to 13 players to join the Lady SparTAN.
WNBL executive vice president Rhose Montreal and commissioner Edward Aquino acted as witnesses to the tender offer made by the team of Rep. Helen Tan of the fourth district of Quezon with 13 players signing commitment papers that signified their allegiance to the team.
Representing Tan during the signing of the tender offers are Bagets Nadres, and Tayabas councilor Phaula Nadres, who will serve as team captain of the ball club. Head coach Mel Villanueva was also present during the event.
The Lady SparTAN also locked their other protected players in Krystine Duran, Chicky Faroan, Evita Naynes, and Wami Toroja.
Quezon also gave offers to almost all of their picks in the 2021 WNBL Draft, namely no. 4 Dianne Ventura, no. 5 Kat Araja, no. 8 Jo Razalo, no. 15 Angelica De Austria, no. 21 Nikka Tupaz, no. 27 Jade Valenzuela, no. 30 Anna Marika Iida, and no. 35 Veronica Lio.
“Nagpapasalamat kami at nakasali kami sa WNBL. Gusto kong pagsabayin yung basketball at yung tinatahak kong mundo ngayon bilang councilor ng Tayabas,” said Nadres.
Ventura, a former national team member, expressed her gratitude to the owner and management for their support.
“On behalf of all the players of Quezon Lady SparTAN, we want to thank Maam Rhose for making this happen. Malaki ang utang ng loob namin sa inyo na mag-push through ang league kahit may pandemic. Also to our team owner, kay Cong. Helen, Mr. Bagets, we’d like to thank you po,” said Ventura.
“Lagi ko nababasa sa mga write-up na hindi kami ganun kalakas. But we promise that as much as possible, kasi basketball, hindi natatapos until the end of the buzzer. We have something to prove. Definitely, lahat kami galing sa proper training. Ibibigay namin ang best namin.”
Practice jerseys and shoe allocation were distributed to the players during the team’s meeting last Sunday.