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Sep 16, 2020

Rookie Soberano motivated to face PBA idols Caguioa, Yap

ROOKIE AC Soberano admits he's going to be star-struck the day he finally gets to face his favorite PBA players on the court.

The 5-foot-11 NLEX guard is a legit Barangay Ginebra fan ever since, who idolizes Kings resident star Mark Caguioa.

He also counts on two-time MVP James Yap of Rain or Shine as among those he looked up to in the league.

The San Beda stalwart said it would definitely be goose bumps for him once the Road Warriors go up against the Kings and the Elasto Painters upon the resumption of the Philippine Cup.

"Star-struck kahit saglit lang kasi nasa harap mo na sila," said Soberano, picked in the second round by the Road Warriors in last year's draft.

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"Hindi mo naman maa-alis yung kaba kasi siyempre pinapanood mo lang sila (dati), tapos ngayon magkalaban na kayo," he added. "Imbes na kabahan ako, gagawin ko na lang na motivation yun to work hard. Siguro mamo-motivate ako ng sobra."

Apart from Yap and Caguioa, he also looks forward to playing against former San Beda teammates like Robert Bolick of NorthPort and Rain or Shine's Javee Mocon, with whom he won the NCAA men's basketball titles during their stay with the Mendiola-based school.

Soberano, a former two-time Three-Point shootout king in the NCAA, has been religiously working out with the rest of the Road Warriors the past three weeks at the FCL gym to get in top shape and be ready for the looming restart of the season.

He disclosed getting brotherly help and advice from NLEX veterans like Cyrus Baguio, Larry Fonacier, Kevin Alas, Jericho Cruz, and Kiefer Ravena on how to further improve his game and be ready for the pro league.

"Pag nagturo nga sila, may demo pa, e. Tapos dinagdagan pa nila," he said.
Soberano is the latest featured player in the PBA Rookie Watch. (RG)
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