Consolation awaits eliminated PBA teams NLEX, Blackwater, NorthPort, and Terrafirma as their exit from the bubble in Clark, Pampanga means reuniting with their families and loved ones.
It has been more than a month since the Philippine Cup restarted in a bubble setting and players, coaches, and team staff have been vocal how they miss the outside world.
“I guess the biggest consolation is we’re able to get back to our families now,” said NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao after his team fell just a win short from contending for a playoff spot.
NorthPort, which finished the elimination round at joint last place with Terrafirma, will leave the bubble on Wednesday, November 11.
Meanwhile, NLEX, Blackwater, and Terrafirma will depart the following day according to reporters inside the bubble.
All 4 teams yielded negative results from their coronavirus tests as the PBA ensured they will return home virus-free.
“If you put it this way, we’re already free, we’re already paroled,” Guiao said in jest in a mix of Filipino and English. “We can go back to our original routines, our usual environment.”
Playoff teams, on the other hand, will stay in the bubble for at least a few more days as the quarterfinals begin on Friday, November 13.
Four more teams will leave the bubble next week as the quarterfinals, which will have the top 4 squads carry a twice-to-beat advantage, wrap up the latest on Monday, November 16.
The PBA is expected to crown a Philippine Cup champion by the second week of December. – Rappler.com