Meralco Bolts re-sign Reynel Hugnatan, two other big men to one-year extension

The Meralco Bolts signed big men Reynel Hugnatan, Jammer Jamito, and Nonoy Baclao to respective one-year extensions on Monday afternoon.

Other terms of the deal were not disclosed, according to a report by the league's official website.

Meralco, fresh off its best-ever finish in the Philippine Cup, will be leaning on the three to bolster their frontcourt in the upcoming 46th PBA season, which is set to tip off this April.

Other key players in the frontcourt include Raymond Almazan and Cliff Hodge.

Hugnatan, the 42-year-old stretch forward, seemingly turned back the clock after a strong performance inside the PBA bubble in Clark, Pampanga. He posted averages of 11.7 points on 43% shooting, 35% from three, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. The performance was strong enough to claim a Most Improved Player nomination.

"It's a fitting reward to his contribution, especially after what he did in the recent Bubble tournament," Trillo told PBA.ph. "We're excited to have him back."

Baclao, who is recuperating from a ruptured patellar tendon, is set to be available when the All-Filipino wars start. He was already cleared to play before the bubble started last September, but was not included.

On the other hand, Jamito proved himself as a serviceable bench player, after norming 5.0 points and 3.8 rebounds for the Bolts.

"I'm very happy with the return of Reynel, Jammer and Noy, it will give us a chance to continue to build on our performance last conference. You need solid bigs especially in the all-Filipino conference so their presence will give us a big lift," said Bolts mentor Norman Black.