After MVP season in MCBL, Hobe Macway’s Buenafe may make a PBA return

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Ronjay Buenafe receives his MVP Trophy from Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro during the awarding ceremonies of the MCBL’s inaugural season. -- MCBL

IT wouldn’t take long for Ronjay Buenafe to make his return to the PBA.

The 6-foot-1 veteran guard used his stint with Hobe Macway in the Marikina City Basketball League (MCBL) in keeping himself in tip-top condition for his likely return to the pros.

In the MCBL, he helped Hobe Macway in reaching the Final Four while piling up his personal stats and getting noticed by PBA squads.

“That’s really our objective — to give these players like Buenafe — another opportunity of getting back to the PBA. We know they’re capable of making it back to the pros. They just need a break,” said Hobe Bihon-Macway team manager James Café.

One squad which showed interest in his services was NLEX-SCTEX, one of the Road Warriors’ farm teams in the amateur leagues.

The Road Warriors are set to give Mr. Buenafe a one-year deal in reuniting with his old coach, Yeng Guiao, in the PBA.

NLEX team executive Ronald Dulatre confirmed this latest development to BusinessWorld, which means Mr. Buenafe will join the already stacked guard rotation of the Road Warriors that also has rookie Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas, Alex Mallari, veteran swingman Cyrus Baguio, Juami Tiongson, and Emman Monfort.

“We will give him a one-year deal,” added Mr. Dulatre, whose team in the MCBL coached by Jojo Lastimosa has just won a championship. “Let’s see it from there.” — Rey Joble