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At 45 years old, basketball never stopped for Marlou Aquino

Although he is 8 years removed from his playing days in the PBA, Marlou Aquino continues to make his presence felt in the domestic game, playing in minor leagues before being called up to join the Bulacan Kuyas in the fledgling Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL).

“Naglalaro pa rin ako sa mga liga-liga, sa Marikina, sa abroad with the PBA legends, napapasabak pa. Maski papaano continuous ang basketball,” Aquino, now 45 years old, said in an interview with ABS-CBN News in an MPBL game day on Thursday.

Aquino believes the MPBL is no ordinary league, almost like the PBA in terms of reach and logistics.

Being 6-foot-9 and associated with Barangay Ginebra, Marlou Aquino is one of the most recognizable local basketball players post-retirement. Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN NEWS
“Dito maganda ang liga. Televised at primetime. Live na ipinapalabas, ‘yung ibang liga minsan delayed, ito live na, nationwide pa,” he said. “Ito na ang pagkakataon ng mga bagong players na mapansin, makilala.”

Although not as nimble as before, the 6-foot-9 Aquino can still use his size to dominate in the paint.

But he doesn't rely so much on his talent anymore to contribute to the Kuyas; he's more focused on playing the role of a mentor to the younger players.

Author: Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News
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