Embattled cager John Amores signs with Zamboanga Valientes in ABL

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 9) — Controversial player John Amores is moving on from the mess he created in the collegiate scene as he signed with the Zamboanga Valientes for their upcoming stint in the ASEAN Basketball League Invitational next year.

The team announced Thursday the signing of the former Jose Rizal University (JRU) cager, saying that Amores deserves to be back on the hardcourt.

"We at Valientes believe in second chance. He is a good player who made a mistake in which he truly regrets. One mistake does not define who you are," the team said.

Amores made headlines when he stormed the bench of College of St. Benilde (CSB) and punched several of its players last November 8. He was slapped with an indefinite suspension by the NCAA and dropped by JRU from its basketball program following the ugly incident.

Jimboy Pasturan and Taine Davis, two of the CSB players that were punched by Amores, filed serious physical injury complaints at the San Juan Prosecutor’s Office. Amores apologized to the team during one of CSB's practices.

Amores also has a physical injury complaint filed against him by University of the Philippines' Mark Gil Belmonte for a preseason punching incident.

Amores averaged nine points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in the 13 games he suited up for JRU in NCAA Season 98.