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Cade Flores feels “disrespected” after the All-Star turned him down for the RSJ game

Cade Flores didn’t hold back when he talked about how excited he was for the PBA All-Star Weekend.

The kid from NorthPort said he felt “disrespected” when he found out he wasn’t chosen to play in the Rookie-Sophomore-Junior game at the upcoming All-Star events in Bacolod later this month.

“I was mad just because I felt like I was disrespected, but you know me, I play with my heart. I play hard on defense, and I’m always like gritty in a way that I just have passion,” Flores said after pouring in a double-double in the Batang Pier’s 112-104 overtime win against Converge on Sunday night.

“But yeah, when I saw I didn’t get selected, I was like, ‘ridiculous.’ It’s gotta be a popularity thing; I’m not really big on social media. If it’s based on stats, then I should be in there.”

By the Commissioner’s Cup end, Flores was second in the Rookie of the Year race to Stephen Holt of Terrafirma. He scored 8.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.2 blocks per game.

But based on the votes, the former star player from Arellano University wasn’t picked for the 20-person RSJ team that played.

The Stalwarts are led by SMB guard Kyt Jimenez, who plays with Flores’ friends John Amores, Fran Yu, JM Calma, Joshua Munzon, and Holt. The team led by Peter Martin is made up of Adrian Nocum, Kim Aurin, JM Calma, Joshua Munzon, Anton Asistio, Santi Santillan, and Keith Zaldivar. 

Along with Javi Gomez de Liaño, Ken Tuffin, Jerrick Ahanmisi, Justin Arana, Ralph Cu, Andrei Caracut, RK Ilagan, Alec Stockton, Gian Mamuyac, James Laput, and Shaun Ildefonso, Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser is the leader of the Greats. 

Flowers made it clear that he would use the fact that he wasn’t included as inspiration in the future.

“A little disrespectful, but it is what it is. I’m gonna use it as a determination to play the hardest,” he added. 

“I didn’t even find out myself. I’m just gonna show ’em what I got during this conference.”

In NorthPort’s first two games in the Philippines Cup, Flores showed that right away. Flores scored 14 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, dished out four assists, and stole three balls to help the Batang Pier beat the FiberXers and get their first win. In his only season of playing, 1998, he was named to the Mythical Five and the All-Defensive Team.

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