February 24, 1976|
August 22, 2018 (aged 42)|
|Listed height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Listed weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|College||Lyceum of the Philippines University|
|PBA draft||2001 Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall|
|Selected by the San Miguel Beermen|
|2001–2005||San Miguel Beermen|
|Career highlights and awards|
Joey Mente (24 February 1976 – 22 August 2018) was a Filipino professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association who last played for the Welcoat Dragons. He was drafted 10th overall by the San Miguel Beermen in 2001.
Mente first played for the Iloilo Mega Volts standout in the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association during the maiden season of the league.
Mente was drafted by the San Miguel Beermen and played there from 2001-2005. Though his height was 5'10", he participated in the PBA Slam Dunk Contest, and won as the "2001 Slam Dunk King". In the 2006-07 PBA season, he played 20 games for Welcoat in the 2006-07 PBA season and averaged 8.3 points per game 2.6 rebounds per game and 1.7 assists per game.
Illness and death
In 2018, Mente was diagnosed with two tumors, one in his head and the other in his chest, and underwent surgery. He later had radiation treatment and went home to Samar for chemotherapy. There he died on August 22, 2018, at the age of 42.
- "Ex-PBA player Joey Mente passes away at 42". sports.inquirer.net. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
- "Joey Mente remembered fondly as ex-PBA player loses battle with Big C". spin.ph. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
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