Philippine basketball

PBA also mulling season launch in Batangas City

Delfin Dioquino
PBA also mulling season launch in Batangas City

FAMILIAR TERRITORY. The Batangas City Coliseum hosted out-of-town PBA games in the past.

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Batangas City has opened its gates to the PBA, committing two courts as potential venues for team practices

The PBA is also considering kicking off its delayed 46th season in Batangas City once the government gives the league the green light to stage scrimmages in the capital.

Batangas City opened its gates to the league and committed the Batangas City Coliseum and the Batangas State University Gym as potential venues for PBA team practices.

The Batangas City Coliseum hosted out-of-town PBA games in the past.

“If the [Inter-Agency Task Force] allows us to have scrimmages in Batangas City, we will ask if we can also play there,” PBA commissioner Willie Marcial told One Sports show The Game in Filipino.

“We can probably play one conference there for one or two months.”

The PBA eyed Batangas City as training spot as the government extended the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) period in Greater Manila until May 14.

Batangas City is currently under general community quarantine (GCQ).

While scrimmages are allowed only in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), the PBA requested the government to permit its teams to hold scrimmages in Batangas City.

Marcial said other PBA teams are looking at Laoag City and Pampanga as possible practice areas.

The PBA is eyeing to launch the season by June as it plans to complete two conferences – the Philippine Cup and Governors’ Cup. – Rappler.com

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.