MANILA – Ilonggo center Karl Kenneth “Ken” Bono is not jobless for long after being signed up to bolster the frontline of the TNT KaTropa in the ongoing 2019 Honda PBA Philippine Cup.
The Iloilo City native was given a contract by the KaTropa over the weekend after being released by sister team Meralco Bolts from its lineup at the start of the All-Filipino Conference.
The 34-year-old Bono, a former standout from Hua Siong College of Iloilo Red Phoenix before moving to Adamson University Falcons in the UAAP, was one of the reliable offensive centers in the league despite his burly frame.
The KaTropa will be the seventh team in the league of Bono after starting his career with Alaska Aces in 2007 and moving to San Miguel Beermen, Coca Cola Tigers, Barako Bull, San Miguel Coffee and the Bolts.
In between his 12-year PBA career, the 6-foot-5 Ilonggo bigman also had a stint as ASEAN reinforcement in the ASEAN Basketball League with the Bangkok Cobras in 2011.
Bono saw limited action for the Bolts last season, playing 15 games and averaging 2.9 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.
Bono is expected to beef up the undersized frontline of the Ferdinand “Bong” Ravena-mentored KaTropa where he will join Kelly Williams, Michael Miranda, Yousef Taha and Harvey Carey.
Meanwhile, the KaTropa have also loaded up is backcourt after signing up former Rain or Shine Elasto Painters guard Jan Karlo Casino and Filipino-Canadian forward James Forrester./PN