Reynel Hugnatan: Defying Time

Since his arrival in 2011, Reynel Hugnatan has been a consistent force for the Meralco Bolts frontline. Continually relied on to bring a physicality and toughness to the team, it’s almost unimaginable that the charismatic center turns 37 years old today.

Clearly, much like newcomer Jimmy Alapag, Reynel has found a way to stall the effects of time. Last season, the big man started in more games than any other season he’s had with the Bolts. And as his averages show after 12 seasons in the PBA, Hugnatan is the perfect example of consistency.

This year, he has been joined by some impressive support down low, with Kelly Nabong, Rabeh Al-Hussaini, and Bryan Faundo sharing the minutes. Reynel chipped in with six points and three rebounds in his most recent outing, playing 13 minutes in the opening game loss to the San Miguel Beermen last week.

While celebrations are certainly in order for the Bolts veteran, it’s almost certain that his focus, along with the rest of the teams’, remains solely on tomorrow’s game against Blackwater Elite. And don’t be surprised if the newly turned 37-year-old, Reyel Hugnatan, leaves his mark on the game. Over the years, that’s just simply what has been expected of him, and he’s not the type to let anybody down.



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