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SOURCES: Rhenz Abando, Ira Bataller leave UST


A day after moving from Sorsogon, Bicol to University of Santo Tomas, two Growling Tigers have decided to pack their bags and leave the school.

According to Tiebreaker Times sources closely monitoring the situation, Rhenz Abando and Ira Bataller left UST, Sunday afternoon.

“Umalis na sila kahapon,” said one of the sources, who requested anonymity.

“At mukang ‘di na babalik, lalo na si Rhenz.”

Abando played two years at Philippine College Science and Technology in Calasiao before transferring back in 2018. He wowed during his first playing year in UST, averaging 11.71 points, 5.29 rebounds, and a team-high 1.29 blocks in 17 games played.

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However, the 6-foot-2 native of La Union was embroiled in controversy midway during the UAAP Season 82 tournament, as he was benched by head coach Aldin Ayo last October 16. It was eventually resolved.

The 22-year-old Abando (birthday March 11) will have to sit out one year. If he decides to transfer to another UAAP school, he will only have a year left. But if he moves to a non-UAAP school, he will still have two playing years remaining.

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On the other hand, Bataller averaged 1.88 points, 2.88 rebounds, and 1.12 assists in 14 starts a season ago during his second year.

The 6-foot-4 bruiser was caught in the middle during the ongoing investigation of the “Bicol bubble”. He raised concerns in the team’s leaked group chat that he has been sick for the last three weeks of the camp.

The 21-year-old Bataller still has two years of eligibility if he transfers to another UAAP school, or three in a non-UAAP squad.

#ReadMore  UST expected to appear in final meeting as Bicol bubble probe nears end

Two weeks ago, CJ Cansino was kicked out of the team. Then just last weekend, Brent Paraiso decided to leave as well.

UST is expected to present its findings on its investigation of the Bicol bubble controversy to the Joint Administrative Order group and the UAAP on Tuesday.

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