Philippine basketball

PBA adjusts deadline for bubble latecomers

Ginebra’s LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar are among the players entering the bubble late

The PBA Board of Governors recently approved new protocols before the league restarts on Sunday, October 11. Foremost is the scrapping of the deadline for latecomers to the PBA bubble.

“The Board of Governors recently approved a new rule, na wala munang deadline ngayon for all latecomers,” said PBA deputy commissioner Eric Castro in the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) forum on Tuesday, October 6.

(The Board of Governors recently approved a new rule that there wouldn’t be any deadlines for latecomers.)

Puwedeng may pumasok na players, or any member na nasa 25-man lineup. Ang bawal lang talaga is yung bumalik. Once you get out, you cannot enter again.”

(Players or any member of the 25-man lineup can enter at any time. The only thing prohibited is re-entering.)

According to the deputy commissioner, Ginebra’s LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar were among the late entrants to the PBA bubble.

The two would undergo the mandatory PCR/swab test and the two-day hotel quarantine.

Castro also said that in the event a player tests positive for COVID-19, asymptomatic patients will be sent to the New Clark City Athlete’s Village in Tarlac, while symptomatic patients will be brought straight to Medical City. 

The league official noted that in case a player from any team tests positive for COVID-19, the PBA would still continue with the tournament. 

“If ever a player tests positive in one team, that whole team will be tested. If ever they play the game with another team, the other team will be tested also, together with the referees who are with them inside the playing court.”

“We will not stop, we will continue with our tournament.”

The PBA has also adjusted its rule regarding the minimum number of players available to play per team in order avoid forfeiture.

The number has been lowered to 6 players per team, instead of the previous 8. 

“Right now, we adjusted our rules regarding the number of players.”

Current rule kasi natin is meron tayong limit na 8 players. If less than 8 players, that team will forfeit the game, so ginawa na natin na 6 for this bubble tournament,” said Castro.

(Our current rule is we have a limit of 8 players. If less than 8 players, that team would forfeit the game, so we changed the rule to 6 players for this bubble tournament.)

Castro added that PBA games would remain closed-door and would bar fans from watching live in the Angeles University Foundation gym, even though Pampanga has already shifted to MGCQ. – Martin Mendoza/

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