Dylan Ababou grateful for another opportunity ahead of Fiba 3×3 OQT

first_imgAbabou is the No. 6 player in the Philippines’ 3×3 circuit and he has a chance to become an Olympian if the country places in the top 3 of the Fiba 3×3 Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament for the 2020 Summer Games.“Of course I was surprised with this opportunity because what we’ve originally dreamt of was the 2012 London Olympics but the Lord has something better lined up,” said Ababou in Filipino in the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Chooks-to-Go’s press conference Thursday at Crowne Plaza in Ortigas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceAbabou was part of the original Gilas program formed in 2009, a team that featured the best collegiate players in the country.The former UAAP MVP out of University of Santo Tomas enjoyed a strong start to his professional career, averaging 11.9 points, 4.7 rebounds on 41 percent shooting from the field and 36 percent from deep in his first conference before the injuries came. Rice industry paralysis CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Dylan Ababou was on track to become of one the stars of his generation when he entered the PBA in 2011 as the 10th overall draft pick.Several injuries, however, derailed his professional and Olympic dreams but all hope is not lost with another opportunity to keep that dream alive albeit in a different circuit.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue MOST READ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress LATEST STORIEScenter_img Wesley So wins world chess title, topples No. 1 Magnus Carlsen Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics More than a year since his departure from the PBA, Ababou found a new niche playing for Pasig in the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3.“I’m happy because I’m given another chance in life, a new opportunity, and along the way I’ve learned to accept that some things really aren’t for me,” said the 32-year-old Ababou. “There are trials, some are hard, that would come your way but you don’t count how many times you fall down, but how many times you come back up.”Ababou, who played for seven teams in the PBA, said a return to the professional league isn’t in his mind and that he’s happy to be part of the country’s top 3×3 program.“I’m happy here,” said Ababou. “You can really feel the love from everyone, I’m at peace here, and I’ll stay here.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week!last_img

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