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‘Dynamite’ Danny Seigle flashes old explosiveness for Barako Bull

PBA/Nuki Sabio

PBA/Nuki Sabio

Once upon a time, Danny Seigle was the most exciting player in the PBA.

And every once in a while, he still flashes his dynamite explosiveness to the delight of fans.

In Barako Bull’s match Sunday against GlobalPort, Seigle turned back the clock by dunking over 6-foot-11 Batang Pier import Justin Williams.

After the game, Seigle was nonchalant about his highlight play.

“If it’s there, it’s there. I don’t think about those things at this time,” he said.

Age and injuries have robbed Seigle the athleticism of his younger days, but he said he is still ready to contribute — as long as his body holds up.

“The most important thing is to stay healthy,” said Seigle, who missed a couple of weeks of Barako Bull practice prior to the Commissioner’s Cup to rest his injuries.

Seigle’s versatility has made him a good fit for the system implemented by team consultant Rajko Toroman. The 14th-year forward said he doesn’t mind the coach’s notoriously-gruelling training sessions.

“He runs an intense, long practice. But I like it,” said Seigle, who has averaged 12.5 points in Barako Bull’s first two games in the Commissioner’s Cup, both victories.

Toroman said his system takes advantage of Seigle’s strengths.

“I think me and Danny Seigle can work together,” said Toroman. “He has stepped up in the last two games. I think he’s looking good under my system.”

For Seigle, Barako Bull’s back-to-back victories were a result of team effort for a squad with no legitimate superstar players.

“There are no great guys on this team. We have good guys,” he added. “And for us to be successful, we need to work collectively.”

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