Ex-Ginebra player Chris Ellis now in Thailand league

Delfin Dioquino
'Air Force Ellis' currently plays for a Laos team in the Thailand Basketball Super League

BACK AT IT. Chris Ellis resurfaces in Thailand after a controversial PBA exit. Photo from Thailand Basketball Super League's Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – Apparently, former Barangay Ginebra gunner Chris Ellis still plays competitive basketball. 

The 30-year-old, known as “Air Force Ellis” in the PBA for his athleticism, currently sees action in the Thailand Basketball Super League as a member of Laos team Luang Prabang. 

Still donning the same No. 34 he used during his time with the Gin Kings, Ellis showed flashes of his old form in Luang Prabang’s 75-83 loss to Kabayan on Saturday, February 23. 

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Aside from Ellis, there were also other familiar faces in the game, including former Philippines naturalized player Marcus Douthit and 2018 PBA draftee John Ragasa. 

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It had been a controversial PBA exit for Ellis, who was nabbed sixth overall by Ginebra in the 2012 PBA Rookie Draft. 

Endearing himself to fans for his highlight reel dunks and playing for the most popular team in the PBA, Ellis’ career took a downward spiral when he was traded by Ginebra to Blackwater in August 2017. 

Ellis did not play a single game for Blackwater since the trade after suffering from body cramps and a kidney issue. He was then relegated to free agency and has not played in the PBA since. – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.