Friday, September 9, 2011

PBA version of Hanamichi Sakuragi, Mark Pingris of B-meg Derby Ace Llamados

Hanamichi Sakuragi is the leading character in a popular anime “slamdunk”.Known from his incredible athleticity, this anime character athletic ability is compared to one of the most atheltic player in the PBA, B-megs Derby Ace Llamados, Mark Pingris.

Pingris started his playing years with the Philippine School of Business Administration's (PSBA) varsity basketball squad. However, due to the fact that PSBA belongs to a league overshadowed by the more popular collegiate leagues such as the UAAP and the NCAA, only a few noticed Pingris inspiring play.
At 6-foot-4, Pingris plays both forward positions as well as the center position. He is noted for his aggressiveness in rebounding, hustle and his ferocious one-on-one defensive plays usually aimed at the opposing team's top honcho.
Pingris also played in various leagues like the Philippine Basketball League (PBL,) the premier amateur basketball league in the Philippines and the Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA,) a league once considered as the top rival of the PBA. During his stint in the PBL, Pingris suited up for the Welcoat Franchise.
During the 2004 PBA draft, Pingris was selected by the Fedex Express as the third overall pick of the said draft ahead the likes of scoring ace Gary David, versatile bigman Ranidel de Ocampo and towering center Sonny Thoss.
In his rookie year playing for Fedex, Pingris played meager minutes but was still able to produce decent numbers. Hence, upon being traded to Purefoods, Pingris game blossomed as he became the "defense minister" playing back-up to established stars James Yap and Kerby Raymundo.
Pingris won the 2005-2006 Philippine Cup Finals MVP along with a Mythical Second Team Selection, Most Improved Player and the Defensive Player of the Year awards during that same year.

Sakuragi and Pingris in common
hustle player

shot blocker

Best in rebounds "hari ng rebound"

Goodluck to Mark  Pingris and the Bmeg Derby Ace Llamados for their campaign in 37th season of PBA

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1 comment:

  1. Mark Pingris is a very smart and talented basketball player. He is one of the key players of B-Meg and because of his talent he become popular. I am agree for comparing Pingris and Sakuragi because their aggressiveness in court giving energy to their team.