AN APPEAL from UST alumni convinced Mario “Embons” Bonleon to reconsider his decision to play for the Arellano University Chiefs.
But the 6’3″ Bonleon, who had complained of not getting enough playing time under coach Rodil “Boy” Sablan, remained firm on his decision not to play for the Growling Tigers this year.
The 22-year-old shooting guard said he would be willing to suit up for the Tigers again after he earns his sports and wellness degree in May next year.
“Para masuklian ko man lang ang tulong sa akin ng alumni,” said Bonleon, who intends to take enroll in UST’s master’s program afterward.
In the meantime, he said he would continue to suit up for the AMA Titans in the PBA Developmental League.
“Tinawagan nila (UST alumni) ako noong nalaman nila na lilipat ako sa Arellano. Tapos nag-promise sila na papaaralin kami ng kapatid ko which is good,” he said in a text message.
Last Thursday, Bonleon told the Varsitarian that he and his brother were set to to move to Arellano.
Bonleon averaged 4.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.7 assists for the Tigers in 16 games.