Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Emman Monfort to Ginebra?

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Emman Monfort to Ginebra?

by rick olivares

After torching Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in one of their meetings during the recently concluded PBA Governors Cup, it looks like Barako Bull Energy Cola point guard Emman Monfort is headed for the country's most popular pro basketball team.

Word is that Monfort will be headed for the PBA’s crowd darlings while Rob Labagala will move to the Energy Colas in a proposed trade involving another unspecified club.

The 5’6” Monfort, drafted 16th overall last season after a sterling college career with Ateneo, had a spectacular Commissioner’s and Governors’ Cup for the Energy Colas after missing the entire Philippine Cup with a broken hand. He put up career numbers including a 25-point torching of Ginebra in a 104-91 win last August 30. The diminutive court general finished with averages of 5.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 0.8 steals while turning the ball over 0.5 times a game.

Monfort, an Iloilo City native, missed Barako Bull’s last few matches of the Governors’ Cup with a fractured ring finger.

If Monfort transfers teams, that could reunite him with Greg Slaughter (assuming that he is selected by Ginebra as the top pick in the upcoming PBA Draft) and with other former Blue Eagles LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar. He was a part of three Ateneo championship teams in the UAAP from 2009-11.

Monfort’s other Ateneo teammates -- Ryan Buenafe, Justin Chua, John Paul Erram, Nico Salva, and Chris Sumalinog – also entered their names in the upcoming PBA Draft.

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