Conference in and conference out, you know what you will get from Billy Mamaril. His task is simple: set hard picks and provide physical interior defense. On offense, he will give us the occasional bonus of hitting some mid-range shots, while being a constant threat on the offensive boards. With the Commissioner’s Cup sporting an unlimited height format, Billy Mams would be the team’s main back-up big, a role that he’s more than comfortable with assuming.
Mamaril came in and did what he had to do. I’ll give props to him this conference for not forcing things that he is not used to do (something that’s easier said than done in Ginebra’s free-wheeling style of play). He gave us a spattering of points and rebounds per game, while being his tough self on the defensive end. More importantly though, Mamaril also took it upon himself to be a mentor to Yousef Taha. We’ll see how big of an impact his tutelage has now that Taha has been shipped to Globalport.
Since he had to guard imports a lot this past conference, Mamaril found himself in foul-trouble a lot. He averaged almost four fouls a game during the Commissioner’s Cup due to his aggressive defense and would sometimes force Coach Chua’s hand in giving minutes to unproven rookie, Taha. Mamaril’s fouls were compounded by his penchant for setting illegal picks and his 50% showing from the charity stripe. Lastly, his rebounding numbers also took a hit for some reason as he only finished with an average of two boards pulled down a game.
While his numbers were down this year, Mamaril was still able to give Barangay Ginebra his trademark enforcer defense for spurts. In the Finals against Alaska, he was one of the few Ginebra players that somewhat held their ground against Thoss and Dozier. Definitely, age is slowly starting to catch up with him, but in Mamaril, Ginebra still definitely has a quality back-up center.
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Approval Ratings
|Elmer Espiritu||Robert Labagala||Billy Mamaril||Kerby Raymundo||Jayjay Helterbrand|
|Mac Baracael||Rudy Hatfield||Chris Ellis||LA Tenorio||Mark Caguioa|