Xian Lim fulfilled a lifelong dream when he got the chance to play for the Mandaluyong El Tigre-Dataland in a game for the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) last night, July 5.
The actor, who was a Team B player for the University of the East before entering showbiz, has always been vocal about his goal to play professional ball. And he did not disappoint in last night's game, scoring six points and pulling six rebounds against the Pasig Pirates-Gameville within his 15 minutes in the court. El Tigre-Dataland dominated, 98-55.
"It’s a dream come true para sa akin. Ito ang dahilan kung bakit ako pumunta from the States to the Philippines, to play basketball for UE along with JR Alabanza. Kaya nakakatuwa na nag-reconnect kami.” Xian told ABS-CBN News after the game.
According to a report by FOX Sports, the actor's performance impressed El Tigre-Dataland coach Mac Cuan. "He's a tough kid, as you can see," he said, "he doesn't back down."
Xian's on-and-off-screen leading lady Kim Chiu showed her support by watching the game and posting about it on her Instagram Stories.
Congratulations Xian! <3
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