Akosi Dogie picked no. 1 by Ginebra in PBA ‘Esports Bakbakan’ Draft
MAN ILA, Philippines–One of the country’s most popular gamers is taking his act to the most popular basketball team in the land.
Akosi Dogie went down in history as the first ever top overall pick in the inaugural PBA Esports Bakbakan Draft held Monday at Robinsons Place Manila.
Barangay Ginebra made it possible the moment the draft ordered was revealed, tapping the well-known vlogger and tech enthusiast, Naser Ignacio Mollazehi in real life, with the no. 1 selection during the proceedings.
“With our first draft pick, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel picks Akosi Dogie,” big man Christian Standhardinger announced to get the drafting going.
Akosi Dogie was later joined on stage by PBA commissioner Willie Marcial and presented his customary Ginebra jacket by team governor Alfrancis Chua, manager Rayboy Rodriguez, and Standhardinger.
TNT also didn’t lose time taking its turn in the podium as it picked Billy ‘Z4pnu’ Alfonso at no. 2, while Eric ‘Eruption’ Tai ended up at no. 3 with the Magnolia Hotshots.
Meanwhile, pretty influencer Lhea Bernardinho was the first female player to be drafted in the PBA Esports history at no. 4 with Terrafirma Dyip, followed by Edgar ‘ChooxTV’ Dumali at fifth with Blackwater.
Other first round picks in the draft were Renz ‘Pein’ Reyes at no. 6 with NLEX, Honda Beast at seventh with Phoenix, Yuri Gaming with NorthPort at eighth, Mico ‘Coco’ Sampang with Meralco at ninth, Okata at 10th for Rain or Shine, Converge got the ever popular L3bron at no. 11, and Elyson ‘Ghost Wrecker’ Caranza at no. 12 for San Miguel
Team governors led by vice chairman Bobby Rosales of Terrafirma, officials, and players joined Marcial in welcoming the draft aspirants during the three-hour program, also attended by Dark League Studios CEO AC Valdenor and program director Mark Chua.
“PBA at Esports, dalawang magkaibang liga, dalawang magkaibang sports. Parehong layunin, mapasikat, mapalakas, at mapagsama ang dalawang sports na ito,” said Marcial in his short speech.
“Kasama ng PBA Esports ang Dark League Studios, makasaysayan ang gagawin nating ito na magsanib puwersa ang dalawang sports – basketball at Esports. Kaya magsama-sama tayo at magtulung-tulong.”
Influencers picked in the second round were Sainty (Ginebra), King Jasro (TNT), Mage Dad Yuji (Magnolia), Chin Valdez (Terrafirma), Coach Tres (Blackwater), Elanorm (NLEX), Kimberlee Si Arcillas (Phoenix), Thirdy Gaming (NorthPort), Onefifti (Meralco), Wagner Gaming (Rain or Shine), Totoy (Converge), and Hypebits (San Miguel).
Members of the academe selected in the third round, were Aaron Pascual of PUP (Barangay Ginebra), the UST duo of Nathaniel Teodoro (TNT), and Marius Miguel Pedrealba (Terrafirma), Ateneo’s Eugene Dela Cruz (Blackwater) and Sean Jacob See (Rain or Shine), Joseph Brylle Geronimo (Magnolia), David Lawrrenz Sanejo (NLEX), and Kin Calvin Martinez (Converge) all of University of the Philippines, Adamson’s Jayvee Buenviaje (Meralco) and Cristian Rio Pingkian (San Miguel), Christian Alec San Diego of Letran (Phoenix), and Christian Antonio Dreyfus of La Salle (NorthPort).
Fans meanwhile, comprised those picked in the fourth round, namely:
Barangay Ginebra (Anton Cabrilles, Lance Aaron Misa, and Gellert Pangilinan)
TNT (Aaren Palomo, Reginald Agustin, and Bryan Bollas)
Magnolia (Christian Aaron Endonilla, Ronel Garcia, and Aaron Transmontero)
Terrafirma (Jason Ubalde, Prince Zeus Destacamento, Alex Vitaliano)
Blackwater (Brent Louis Castandiello, Joshua Ocampo, Allen Hanz Cacas)
NLEX (Ryan Nazir Coronel, Prince Tesorero, John Albert Guevarra)
Phoenix (RJ Acbayan, Charles Justin Taruc, Joshua Mikhail Cruz)
NorthPort (Vince Remjohn Batarlo, Mike Gonzales, Lawrence Pingol)
Meralco (Benjie Sarcia, Jayson Caratao, Ric Cainhog Jr)
Rain or Shine (Jieo Capatan, John Carlo Coronado, Soviet Raven Saludes)
Converge (Amanda Del Mar, Jonmark Tria, Sid Sanchez)
San Miguel (Noli John Macasa, Omar Miguel Roldan, Sean Tyrone Aman)
All 12 teams can begin practicing for Season 1 which kicks off this coming March.
Meanwhile, those who were not drafted are already assured of being selected in Season 2 of the meet.
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