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.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sabellina catches coaches’ eyes at Gatorade PBA Draft Combine

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Sabellina catches coaches’ eyes at Gatorade PBA Draft Combine
by rick olivares pic by mon rubio

With one thunderous jam, Mclean Sabellina served notice to the various PBA coaches gathered for Day 2 of the Gatorade PBA Draft Combine that they might want to re-evaluate some of their pre-draft choices.

Sabellina, the 6’3” forward from Boracay Rhum and formerly of the STI Olympians flashed into the lane and collected a zip pass from Philip Paniamogan who drew the defense when he drove hard down the left baseline.

The Cagayan De Oro native rose and dunked the ball in traffic sending the crowd at the Gatorade Hoops Center oohing and ahhing.

His raw athleticism and nose for the ball enabled him to lead all scorers during the scrimmage for the draft hopefuls. Sabellina’s final stat line read: 12 points on five-for-six shooting (including two-for-two from the free throw line) and three rebounds versus one turnover. All in 15 minutes of play.

“That got everyone’s attention because he took good shots and in the flow of their offense,” noted Barako Bull Energy head coach Siot Tanquincen. “Didn’t take bad shots and that is something coaches look out for.”

“Impressive yung laro niya,” underscored camp director Bong Ramos who last coached Barako Bull in the last conference of PBA Season 39. “And that is what the camp is all about for those who are not name players to show what they can do.”

Sabellina was a former mythical selection for STI in NAASCU during the 2011 season. “He’s like a young Arwind Santos,” compared STI Team Manager Mhel Garrido of his former player to the former FEU Tamaraws/San Miguel Beer standout.

“Happy naman ako sa pinakita ko,” said an ebullient Sabellina after the end of the rookie camp. “Excited ako pero aaminin ko na nininerbyos ako. Sana makuha talaga kasi pangarap ko makapaglaro sa PBA.”

Sabellina’s sports tests results are as follows:
Height: 6’3”
Wingspan: 6’7”
Weight: 80.7kg
Lane Agility: 9.72 seconds
Shuttle Run: 17.83 seconds
Three-Fourths Court Sprint: 3.38 seconds
Standing Vertical Leap: 31.4 inches

Maximum Vertical Leap: 62.4 inches

With Mclean Sabellina who I covered years ago in my one year of following NAASCU. Wrote about the STI Olympians for our late magazine, Rebound, as well as for Business Mirror. Thanks to Mhel Garrido and Vic Ycasiano.


  1. rick, he looks taller than 6'3" in the picture. you're 6'1" diba? seems like 4-5 inches between the two of you.

  2. Ricky, here was your article about our STI Team with Maclean the one carrying the box of water.

  3. Same here. I thought Rick is in the 5'11-6'0 range and based on the picture, Sabellina looks around 6'6 with shoes on.

    1. Appreciate the height lift, I am 5'10" 3/4. Wish I was 6'1" then I'd be playing somewhere serious.