|No. 25 – Alaska Aces|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
June 1, 1977 |
Cebu City, Philippines
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|College||University of Cebu|
|PBA draft||2000 / Direct Hire|
|Selected by the Tanduay Rhum Masters|
|2000–2001||Tanduay Rhum Masters|
|San Miguel Beermen/Petron Blaze Boosters|
|Career highlights and awards|
Donaldo "Dondon" Hontiveros (born June 1, 1977) is a Filipino professional basketball player who plays for the Alaska Aces in the Philippine Basketball Association. His monicker is The Cebuano Hotshot.
Early life, high school and collegiate career
Born in Cebu City, Cebu, Hontiveros 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 him. Fortunately, the he had a growth spurt by the time he was in third year so he was taken into the high school basketball team of Don Bosco Tech.
His first year with the varsity team was spent mostly on the bench. By the time he became a high school senior, he was already part of the team's rotation. At this point, he was already as tall as the team's center. Hus jump to 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.
He eventually played college ball at the University of Cebu for three years.
Metropolitan Basketball Association
Hontiveros joined the Metropolitan Basketball Association in its maiden season in 1998 playing for the Cebu Gems. However, his stint with the Gems was marred with chaos, as he requested to be released by the team because he wanted to finish his studies and the constant travelling to different provinces with the team prompted him to drop some of his subjects.
Philippine Basketball Association
Hontiveros signed with Tanduay Rhum Masters as a free agent. But after Tanduay franchise was sold to the Lina Group in 2002, San Miguel acquired him through a trade. Soon, he found himself a vital cog in the team's offensive rotation as he was quickly promoted as a starter for the team. He was a member of the two championships won by San Miguel in 2004-2005 Fiesta Conference and the 2009 Fiesta Conference.
In March 2011, he, along with Danny Seigle, Dorian Pena and Paul Artadi were shipped to Air21 for younger players Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Nonoy Baclao and Rey Guevarra. During his stint with the Express, he emerged as one of the key players In 2011 draft-day, he was traded back to Petron (San Miguel) along with the No.3 pick which was used to draft Chris Lutz.
Before the end of August 2012, he was involved in a six-player, four-team trade that sent him to Alaska. He was a vital addition off-the-bench for the Aces, and was a member of the 2013 championship team. He would often provide heroics when it mattered, as evidenced in the games he played during the 2014-15 Philippine Cup. He was the game's best player once during the elimination round against NLEX, and would provide his usual heroics in the playoffs, once against Rain or Shine and another during the Game 6 (a potential elimination game) against San Miguel in the Finals.
On January 16, 2015, he surpassed fellow Cebuano gunner Al Solis for the No. 4 all time in three-point field goals with 1,002.
Playing for the National Team
Hontiveros played for the Philippine National Team in 2002 and 2007. He also donned the national colors for the Smart-Gilas Team Pilipinas in 2011.
Hontiveros is a Christian, and has a son named Isaiah with singer and fellow Cebu native Gail Blanco. He speaks two languages - Cebuano and Filipino. He is also a cousin to former Akbayan Rep. Risa and CNN Philippines anchor Pia Hontiveros.
Hontiveros was previously 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.
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- PANALIGAN, MARISSE. "PBA: Dondon Hontiveros reaches elite three-point shooting milestone". www.gmanetwork.com. GMA News. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
- Belen, Reynaldo. "Hontiveros bows out of SMART-Gilas; new Talk ‘N Text player likely to take spot". www.interaksyon.com. InterAKTV. Retrieved 21 January 2015.