The NorthPort Batang Pier have been left out of the PBA Philippine Cup restart in Bacolor, Pampanga, due to health and safety protocols, per a league statement on Tuesday, August 31.
This statement followed up the release of the league’s restart schedule earlier in the day, which notably featured daily game slates without NorthPort, starting Wednesday, September 1 to Friday, September 5.
For now, the league would only release game schedules on a weekly basis due to the uncertainties surrounding the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, and to make room for last-minute changes like NorthPort’s forced absence.
The Batang Pier are currently in ninth place in the 12-team field with a 1-3 slate and a two-game losing streak, albeit those two games being decided by just two points apiece.
They last played on July 30 back in Pasig, where star center Greg Slaughter’s team debut was marred by a heartbreaking 85-87 loss to his former team, the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings. – Rappler.com