Career Highlights and Awards:
2004-2006 NCAA Mythical 5 Selection
2006-07 PBL Mythical 5 Selection
2006-07 PBL Most Valuable Player
2006-2007 PBL Showcase Skills Challenge Champion
2007-08 PBL Mythical 5 Selection
2007-2008 PBL Unity Cup Most Valuable Player
2007-08 PBL Silver Cup Most Valuable Player
2008 Brunei Cup Most Valuable Player
2008 Malaysia Basketball League Most Valuable Player playing for the Singapore Slingers
2009 Sports Digest PSA Fetes Nation’s Brightest Stars Awardee
2009 PBA Mr. Quality Player of the Year
2010-2011 Philippine Cup Finals MVP
2010-2011 Commissioner’s Cup Finals MVP
2010-2011 Mythical Second Team Selection
2010-2011 PBA Most Improved Player
2012-2013 Philippine Cup – Best Player of the Conference
2013 FIBA Asia Championship Mythical All-Star Selection – Best Point Guard in Asia
2012-2013 PBA First Mythical Team
2014 Commissioner’s Cup Best Player of the Conference
2015 Commissioner’s Cup Best Player of the Conference
2015 William Jones Cup Mythical Five
2015 FIBA Asia Championship Mythical All-Star Selection
When the going gets tough, we relied to the Cebuano Hotshot Don Don Hontiveros to help us win against Japan in the Semi-fnals war between Japan and Philippines.
Hontiveros scored 18 points 6-9 all by 3 pointers and he delivered when it mattered the most, He was able to make the 3 point basket that gave us the cushion and pump the score up to 77-68 with 1:20 seconds remaining. Japan then called time out and from then on it was just an exchange of basket to the last second Gilas Pilipinas won over Japan 81-70.
Japan was headed by Heijima with 28 monster points and Takeuchi howled 16 rebounds but it was just them who made the fight closer. Blatche gave us another double double leading the team with points and rebounds with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Castro delivered crucial baskets as well for us to keep the lead with 20 pts and dished out 7 assists and followed up by the stellar shooting of Hontiveros who for me is the best player if this game.
Gilas will go up against China winner will qualify to 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.