Pagadian Explorers make return to basketball in VisMin Super Cup
The Explorers were one-time finalists in the National Basketball Conference before competing in Liga Pilipinas during the late 2000s. Team owner and incumbent Pagadian mayor Sammy Co made sure to revive the team for the country's first-ever professional basketball league based in the south. "Before, we already had a team. I don't know what happened because I was out of politics for six years. Right now, I have another first term and I made sure to revive a team," said Co, who tapped the likes of Nelson Asaytono and Elbert Alberto during their time with the NBC and Liga. "It would really help our youth and encourage them na ma-hook sa games and not ma-hook sa drugs." Headlining the team is 6'6" Mark Benitez, who previously played for Rizal-Xentro Mall during the 2019-21 Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Cup. Joining him are Arellano transferees Rich Guinitiran and CJ Pamaran -- both of whom already secured their special guest licenses from the Games and Amusements Board back on April 8, and Keanu Caballero, formerly of Taguig in the National Basketball League.
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