TALKING about the best getting better, but Bataan is not about to slow down tinkering its line up in the MPBL Datu Cup.
The Risers acquired the rights on Richard Escoto, a 6-foot-4 forward who is still currently playing for the Far Eastern University Tamaraws in the UAAP.
Escoto, whose brother Russel was picked up by Kia before getting injured a few years ago, was put in the line up by the Navotas Clutch prior to the start of the new MPBL season even though the player still has to play in the collegiate ranks.
But the young Escoto was released by the Clutch last October 14, making him available for all the teams which want to take a gamble picking him up heading to the final stretch of the tournament.
Bataan, which is being coached by PBA legend Jojo Lastimosa, took the risk of grabbed Escoto from the free agency.
The MPBL Commissioner’s Office approved Escoto’s inclusion in the Risers’ line up.
This developed as Pampanga also made a move beefing up its roster by securing the rights on frontliners Arden Guiyab and Mark Anthony Guillen.
Guiyab, a 6-foot-5 center, who played for the Imus Bandera-GLC Truck and Equipment last season, but found a spot with the Zamboanga Valientes-Family’s Brand Sardines, will give the Pampanga Lanterns of Congressman Dong Gonzales, a legitimate center.
Just recently. Guiyab became one among the few players left unprotected by the Valientes, and the Lanterns, who are in need of a big man following the departure of Marlon Gomez, signed him up.
Guillen, a burly 6-foot-3 forward, who played for the Bandera, was also acquired from the free agency.
Pending the approval of the MPBL Commissioner’s Office, both players can be included in the line up in time for the Lanterns’ next game on Wednesday in Imus.