Nelbert Omolon

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Nelbert Omolon
No. 3 – Meralco Bolts
Position Small Forward
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1980-06-30) June 30, 1980 (age 34)
Talakag, Bukidnon, Philippines
Nationality  Philippines
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan
College Philippine Christian University
PBA draft 2004 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Sta. Lucia Realtors
Pro playing career 2004–present
Career history
Sta. Lucia Realtors (2004-2010)
Meralco Bolts (2010-2012)
Career highlights and awards
  • 2005 PBA Blitz Game MVP
  • 2006 PBA Blitz Game MVP
  • 2006-07 PBA All-Defensive Team
  • 2007-08 PBA Mythical Second Team

Nelbert "Bitoy" Omolon (born June 30, 1980 in Talakag, Bukidnon) is a Filipino professional basketball player who currently plays for the Air21 Express in the Philippine Basketball Association.[1] He was drafted 8th overall in the class of 2004 that included Rich Alvarez, Marc Pingris, James Yap, Ranidel de Ocampo, Gary David, Sonny Thoss and Wesley Gonzales. He is a versatile player who can score inside and outside, and can play multiple positions as well.

Early Years[edit]

The youngest of three boys, Omolon was born and raised in Talakag, Bukidnon, a 30-minute drive from the Cagayan de Oro City airport. He did not learn how to play when he was a kid. He never even liked the game until he grew from 5’7 as a high school freshman to 6’2 as junior.

Xavier University High School Varsity Days[edit]

Omolon joined a powerhouse Xavier University High School– Ateneo de Cagayan basketball squad, a program rich in high school basketball success in Cagayan de Oro City. There his talents were honed as he played his first ever organized basketball under the tutelage of highly regarded Cagayan de Oro basketball coach, Emmanuel "Manny" Diaz. His teammates included Niku Benson "Black Gamba" Valles, UE stalwart Jay-Arr Estrada and former NBC player and now MILO Sports Executive Andrew Neri. That was when Omolon realized he might have a future in basketball.

He is only the 2nd player to come from Xavier University High School– Ateneo de Cagayan and have entered the PBA, coming after famed basketball superstar Jojo Lastimosa.

Xavier University High School Varsity '97 Roster[edit]

Omolon belonged to the XUHS '97 basketball varsity team which had this roster.

Xavier University High School - Ateneo de Cagayan 1997 Basketball Varsity Roster
Number Name Positions Number Name Positions
5 Kane "Popoy" Acedera G/F 7 Cliff Andy "Pangag" Tesocan PG
3 Rufo Nino "Nhocnhoc" Lasala G 13 Christian "Tubol" Noble PF
9 Jim "Intsik" Lim PG 10 Earl Lapus PF
4 Edzen Ryan Buiser G 20 John Montalvan C/PF
19 Dave Anthony Ibao G/F 14 Maribert "Da Teeth" Lagdameo PF
6 Virg Nino Cabahug G 18 Francois "Koigalz" Galo PG
15 Andrew Neri C/PF 17 Niku "The Black Gamba" Valles SG
11 Jay-arr Estrada C/PF 12 Nelbert Omolon F

College Basketball[edit]

Omolon played for PCU.

Professional career[edit]

Philippine Basketball League[edit]

After playing in PCU, he took his sneakers to the Philippine Basketball League where he suited up for Osaka-La Salle and ICTSI under coach Franz Pumaren and Welcoat under Coach Leo Austria.

Philippine Basketball Association[edit]

Omolon joined the PBA in 2004 as the 8th draft pick overall.

Sta. Lucia Realtors[edit]

Omolon scored a personal high 40 points on 11-of-16 shooting in the two-point area and hitting 4-of-5 beyond the arc with nine boards as Sta. Lucia earned its first ever outright semifinals slot on January 13, 2008 with a 123-106 rout over the Air21 Express.

A player who ever reliable on both ends of the floor due to his unrelenting defense and efficient offense, Bitoy has continued to impress his coaches in the pro league to this day. He is a player who is always tasked to guard the opposing team's best player and even imports. He can be the team MVP of the game and not score a point. Although possessing a limited array of offensive moves, Nelbert has showed he can do it as well on offense. With an improved outside shot these days, he is looked to provide a complimentary role to his more offensive-minded teammates in Meralco.

Omolon already has one ring with the Sta. Lucia Realtors. He helped the team to clamp on effective defense against James Yap which put the latter scoreless during the six-minute span of the fourth quarter.

Meralco Bolts, trade to Air 21 Express[edit]

On January 2012, after 8 years as a professional basketball player, Omolon got traded for the first time to Air21 from the Meralco Bolts along with Mark Isip in exchange for Dennis Daa, Mark Canlas and a draft pick that originally belonged to the Bolts.[2]

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