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|No. 3 – Meralco Bolts|
June 30, 1980 |
Talakag, Bukidnon, Philippines
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|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|
|Sta. Lucia Realtors (2004-2010)
Meralco Bolts (2010-2012)
|Career highlights and awards|
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. 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.
- 1 Early Years
- 2 Professional career
- 3 External links
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
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.
Xavier University High School Varsity '97 Roster
Omolon belonged to the XUHS '97 basketball varsity team which had this roster.
|Xavier University High School - Ateneo de Cagayan 1997 Basketball Varsity Roster|
|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|
Omolon played for PCU.
Philippine Basketball League
Philippine Basketball Association
Omolon joined the PBA in 2004 as the 8th draft pick overall.
Sta. Lucia Realtors
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
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.
- "PBA Player Profile : Nelbert "Bitoy" Omolon". PBA. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
- "PBA Trade 2012: Air21 gets Isip and Omolon from Meralco". Retrieved 27 July 2012.