Philippine basketball

NorthPort guard Garvo Lanete, 32, retires from PBA

Delfin Dioquino
NorthPort guard Garvo Lanete, 32, retires from PBA

SHOOTER. Garvo Lanete made a name for himself as a deadshot.

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Garvo Lanete walks away from the PBA after a six-year career that saw him play for NLEX, Meralco, and NorthPort

MANILA, Philippines – Garvo Lanete has decided to call it quits in the PBA.

The NorthPort guard retired from the PBA at age 32, saying on Wednesday, December 29, that he is taking a long vacation.

Lanete made a name for himself as a deadshot during his stellar collegiate career with the San Beda Red Lions, helping the team capture four NCAA championships.

The native of Ormoc City also won gold medals with the national team in the 2011 and 2013 editions of the Southeast Asian Games and 2012 Jones Cup.

Drafted sixth overall by NLEX in 2015, Lanete played a total of six seasons in the PBA, including stints with Meralco and NorthPort.

Lanete averaged 4.9 points and 1.1 rebounds in the previous Philippine Cup, which saw NorthPort reach the quarterfinals.

He sat out all of their games in the ongoing Governors’ Cup.

NorthPort star Robert Bolick, who also hails from Ormoc and represented San Beda, paid tribute to Lanete.

“Thank you for everything. Learned a lot from you on and off the court. Very good example of being a true vet,” Bolick wrote on Facebook. –

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.