Dondon Hontiveros

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Dondon Hontiveros
Don don Hontiveros of Alaska Aces.jpg
No. 25 – Alaska Aces
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1977-06-01) June 1, 1977 (age 37)
Cebu City, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
College University of Cebu
PBA draft 2000 / Direct Hire
Selected by the Tanduay Rhum Masters
Pro career 1998–present
Career history
1998–1999 Cebu Gems
2000–2001 Tanduay Rhum Masters
2001–2011 San Miguel Beermen
2011 Air21 Express
2011–2012 Petron Blaze Boosters
2012–present Alaska Aces
Career highlights and awards
  • MBA MVP (1998)
  • Discovery of the Year (1998)
  • 3x PBA champion (2005, 2009, 2013)
  • 12x PBA All-Star (2001, 2003–2011)
  • PBA Sportsmanship Award (2005)
  • PBA 3-Point Shootout champion (2007)
  • PBA Mythical Second Team (2009)
  • Member of the PBA 5000 Career Points Club (2009)
  • 5th Member of the PBA 800 Three points Club (2011)
  • 5th Member of the PBA 900 Three points Club (2013)

Donaldo "Dondon" Hontiveros (born June 1, 1977) is a Filipino professional basketball player who plays for the Alaska Aces in the Philippine Basketball Association.

Hontiveros studied and honed his basketball skills in his home province. Just like any accomplished athlete, success did not come easy for him. In fact his initial foray into basketball was greeted with heartbreak and disappointment.

Born in Cebu City, Cebu, he fancied basketball at a young age and tried to enter the sport at a competitive level in his first year of high school. But at that time, since he lacked the height, no one took notice of the young Dondon. Fortunately, the young Dondon had a growth spurt by the time he was in 3rd year so he was taken into the high school basketball team of Don Bosco Tech.

At last, they started to take notice, although his first year as a member of the team was spent mostly on the bench. By the time Dondon became a high school senior, he was already a regular on the team. At this point, he was already as tall as the team’s center. Hontiveros’ jump to the next level – college basketball – suffered a minor setback when he ended his senior high school year with an injury.

To keep himself competitive, he played in the intramurals at University of San Jose-Recoletos. Dondon eventually played college ball at the University of Cebu for three years. His skills blossomed while playing college basketball, and it was at that time that this Cebuano was geared for big-time basketball.

He is a Christian, and has a son named Isaiah with singer and fellow Cebu native Gail Blanco.

Early life[edit]

Hontiveros speaks two languages in Cebuano, and Filipino.

Professional career[edit]

Metropolitan Basketball Association[edit]

He joined the Metropolitan Basketball Association in its maiden season in 1998 playing for the Cebu Gems.

Philippine Basketball Association[edit]

After the 2001 season of the MBA, when the league’s popularity was beginning to diminish, Dondon requested to be released from the Cebu Gems to try his luck with the PBA.

He signed with Tanduay Rhum Masters even though he really wanted to play with San Miguel Beermen, it was a decision advised by his closed friends and relatives. But after Tanduay disbanded again in 2003, the San Miguel Beer franchise finally and eventually acquired him through a trade. Soon, Dondon found himself a vital cog in the team’s offensive rotation. He was quickly promoted as a starter for the team. He was also a member of the two championships won by San Miguel in 2004-2005 Fiesta Conference and the 2009 Fiesta Conference.

Dondon Hontiveros against TNT

On March 2011 Danny Seigle, Dondon Hontiveros, Dorian Pena and Paul Artadi were shipped to Air21 for much younger players Rabah Al Husseni, Nonoy Baclao and Rey Guevarra.

Hontiveros emerged as one of the key players during his stint with the Express. He was the highest scoring local. He once contributed 18 points in their final elimination game which they won against the Alaska Aces, 92-83. The win sealed The Express' 4-game winning streak, en route to clinching the last spot for a quarterfinals seat. The Express thus finished the 36th PBA Commissioner's Cup with a 5-4 win-loss record considering that they started with 1-4 record earlier in the tournament. However, they were not able to repeat the success during the 2011 PBA Governors Cup after the team compiled a winless 0-9 record at the eliminations.

In the 2011 PBA DRAFT, Dondon was traded back to Petron (San Miguel) as a part of a trade. In the deal,Petron wpuld receive Hontiveros and Center Carlo Sharma, with the no.3 pick SMART-GILAS swingman Chris Lutz.

In return, Barako Bull received veteran center Mick Pennisi, sharpshooter Sunday Salvacion, and the rights to the No. 8 pick, which it used on PBA D-League Most Valuable Player Allein Maliksi.

The team also received a 2014 first round draft pick from the Boosters and a future second round pick.

He also played in the RP-Team in 2002, 2007 and was also playing with Smart-Gilas Team Pilipinas in 2011 Jones Cup.

Before the end of August 2012, he was involved in a six-player, four-team trade that sent him to Alaska.[1]

Alaska Aces[edit]

In the off season of 2012–13 PBA Philippine Cup, Alaska traded Wesley Gonzales and Hans Thiele for Dondon from the Petron Blaze Boosters. While Playing for the Aces, Dondon still became a threat from three point distance.

In the middle of the eliminations of the 2013 PBA Commissioner's Cup against Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, Alaska was down for as much as 22 points. Hontiveros’ three-pointer with 32 seconds left in regulation put the Aces in the driver’s seat 79-77. But after Regulation and OT, Hontiveros scored 22 points (18 in 4th quarter) with a raining 7/10 3PFGs that made them as the no. 1 seed after the eliminations.

2014 Season[edit]

For the first 7 games of Alaska in the PLDT MyDSL Philippine Cup, the Aces struggled in their assignments. But on their face-off between the Meralco Bolts, the team was rejuvenated by the offense of Dondon, who scored a season high 24 points along with Cyrus Baguio and Sonny Thoss with 23 and 20 points respectively. Giving them a refreshing win in the middle of the eliminations. After scoring two-three pointers, Dondon joined the 900 3-Points club, being the fifth player to join, after Allan Caidic, Ronnie Magsanoc, Al Solis and Jimmy Alapag.

Other information[edit]

He is linked to Valerie Concepcion, a showbiz personality in the Philippines. Valerie is seen in watching during San Miguel Games.

He has also worn the following numbers during his career: the numbers 7 with San Miguel and 24 with Air21 which was a combination of his 7 and the 17 of his former teammate Olsen Racela.

Individual Honors[edit]

  • 1998 Discovery of the Year
  • 3x PBA Champion (2005, 2009,2013)
  • 12x PBA All-Star (2001, 2003–2011)
  • 2004-05 PBA Sportsmanship Award
  • 2007 PBA 3-Point Shootout Champion
  • 2008-09 PBA Mythical Second Team
  • 2009 Member of the PBA 5000 Career Points Club
  • 2011 5th Member of the PBA 800 Three points Club
  • 2013 PBA Player of the week 2013 PBA Commissioner's Cup April 1-7
  • 2013 5th Member of the PBA 900 Three points Club

Other Monikers[edit]

  • Cebuano Hot Shot
  • Mr. Hot Shot
  • The Miracle Man