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Ex-PBA player Bryan Gahol, companion killed in Skyway crash – report

April 1, 2014 5:30am

(Update-2, 3:19pm) Former Philippine Basketball Association player Bryan Gahol was killed in a multiple-vehicle collision along the Skyway, Monday night, GMA 7 morning show "Unang Hirit" reported.

Gahol was driving a Nissan Urvan Escapade on the northbound lane of the SLEX near the Alabang exit at 10pm Monday night, along with four other friends, when their vehicle was hit by a delivery jeep filled with vegetables.

According to the driver of the jeep, he had lost control after the jeep was hit by a third vehicle, a truck.

One of Gahol’s friends, who was seated in the front passenger side, also perished in the accident. Remarkably, the other three did not suffer a single scratch.

Gahol and his friend were rushed to a hospital, but they were declared dead on arrival.


"I was shocked," said his former coach Yeng Guiao, who found out about Gahol's death via text, in an interview with GMA News TV's "News to Go" program. "Bryan is young, he's strong, and a couple of years ago, he was my player when I was still with Red Bull. Mabait na bata, tahimik. He had really good basketball IQ."

Guiao described Gahol as a multi-position player, combining a post game with an outside shot. "He could have played longer if he had that passion and commitment to his career," Guiao added wistfully. "But somehow, hindi na-realize yung full potential niya."

The current head coach of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters however recalls his fondest memory of the player as, "When he played for me sa Red Bull, there was one game sa quarterfinals wen he made a winning shot....That's really what stands out when I look back at his career with me."

A former UP Fighting Maroon, Gahol had stints in the PBA with Mobiline, Alaska, San Miguel Beer and Red Bull.  — DVM/AMD, GMA News
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