As springtime marks the end of the 2017-18 varsity basketball season in the United States, it nonetheless placed another feather in the cap for Filipino-American siblings Kobe and Tahjae Ordonio.
In an email sent to SLAM Philippines by their father, former PBA cager Jon, the Fil-Am pair has wrapped another solid run even though the older Kobe has moved on to the collegiate ranks while Tahjae is on his junior season of prep ball.
For Kobe and his first season with the Cabrillo College Seahawks in Junior College (JuCo) play, he was able to play a key part in his team’s run to a Coast Conference South Division Championship as well as an appearance in the Regional Finals of the 2018 California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) wherein they bowed down to eventual state titlists San Francisco College.
Apart from being an integral factor in the team’s achievements this season, the older Ordonio got some individual accolades as well as he finished 6th in the Coast Conference Southern Division in scoring (15.1 ppg), 4th in assists (5.1 apg) and was its top gunslinger with 36 three-pointers made. Because of his stellar play, the freshman was named to Conference’s Honorable Mention All-Conference squad.
Picking up the pace left by his older brother, Tahjae Ordonio wrapped up his junior year on a strong note. Averaging just above 13 points per game in the regular season for Monterey HS, Ordonio turned it up a notch in the postseason by tallying 17.6 markers per game for the Toreadores in 4 playoff games that included dropping 22 points in a victory against top-seeded Sacred Heart Cathedral in the semifinals of the 2018 California Interscholastic Federation-Central Coast Section (CIF-CCS) Boys Basketball Playoffs’ Division III Playoffs.
Monterey HS eventually ended up as the runner-ups in the 2018 CIF-CCS as well as a first-round finish in the Northern California State playoffs this season. For Tahjae’s efforts, he was named to the First Team All-League and was part of the All-County Team for this season as well.
With this solid showing by the Ordonios, various athletic programs have inquired about their interest in acquiring the services of the two in the near future. Should they remain consistent in improving their game at the passing of each season, it won’t be far-fetched to see the brothers playing at a higher level of basketball in the years to follow.
Photos and Videos c/o Jon Ordonio, additional photo from hudl.com