May 11, 2021

Sports Legend

Enciso hopes to secure a veteran presence at Blackwater


FILE Photo – Guard Simon Enciso plays for TNT PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines – Heading into his sixth season in the PBA, Simon Enciso knows it’s time to lead the young guns of Blackwater.

Enciso said the knowledge and experience he hopes to share with his young teammates is also the same things he learned from other veterans who guided him when he was in his early years in the league.

“They all shaped me and gave me advice on how to be the player I am today,” said Enciso, who thanked Gabe Norwood, Joe Devance and Sol Mercado for showing him the ropes.

“I would really like to share the knowledge I have gained from them in our team, like Josh Torralba, who is also a Fil-Am that we have chosen, Raymark Acuno and Andre Paras.”

It also helps Enciso who just finished a final with TNT in last year’s Philippine Cup bubble won by Barangay Ginebra. He was then traded to Blackwater last March.

The 30-year-old goaltender, from San Francisco, Calif., Is now with his fifth team since being selected by NLEX in the second round of the 2015 draft.

He averaged 9.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 22 games for the Tropang Giga.

But more than the numbers, Enciso believes his experience will be just as valuable.

“Smart work ethic, they know what they can get from me. I will show up every day and work hard, ”he said. “This is what I hope to bring to the team and share with all the other guys we have on the team.”

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