John Amores is Now Playing with NorthPort Batang Pier in PBA

John Amores is Now Playing in PBA after Picked by NorthPort in Draft

Controversial basketball player John Amores is now playing in Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) after picked by NorthPort Batang Pier in draft.

In the latest PBA Draft for Season 48, John Amores, the former JRU player who stirred controversy last year, was selected by the NorthPort Batang Pier in the fifth round. The draft took place at Ayala Malls Market! Market! this past Sunday.

John Amores PBA Northport

After being chosen, Amores revelead that he was nervous before his name was called to step onto the stage. He described feeling surprised and anxious throughout the process, from his arrival at the event to the moment he got drafted.

“Parang nagulat lang ako kasi kinakabahan pa kasi ako. Kahit naman yung pagpunta ko dito, kinakabahan ako kung matatawag ba ako o hindi,” he said.

 “Parang excited ako na kinakabahan. Basta yun lang yung naramdaman ko,” the controversial forward added.

The fifth round of the draft also saw other players being selected, including Damie Cuntapay (Terrafirma Dyip), Dariel Bayla (Blackwater Bossing), Larry Arpia (Rain or Shine Elasto Painters), Daniel Atienza (Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters), Lorenzo Navarro (NLEX Road Warriors), Rhinwill Yambing (Converge Fiberxers), Jessie Sumoda (Meralco Bolts), Warren Bonifacio (Magnolia Hotshots), Brandrey Bienes (Barangay Ginebra), and Ichie Altamirano (San Miguel Beermen).

For Amores, the PBA represents an opportunity to make amends for his past actions. Based on the article of ABS-CBN News, he has pledged to bring the same energy and toughness that he has always prided himself on, even prior to the unfortunate incident where he punched St. Benilde players during an NCAA Season 98 game.

His notoriety arose after he was banned from the NCAA and removed from the JRU basketball program following the incident, which occurred on November 8, 2022. During that game, Amores attacked the College of St. Benilde’s bench and physically confronted some of its players, leading to the game’s suspension. The Blazers ultimately won the game 71-51.

However, Amores found a new opportunity in his basketball career by joining the Asean Basketball League and later the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. Amores was signed by the Zamboanga Valientes in particular, who believed he would be a valuable addition to their team.

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