May 06, 2021

PBA officials inspect Lyceum-Batangas, BSU Gym, Batangas Coliseum

LYCEUM of the Philippines-Batangas Gym is another wooden basketball court in Batangas City, aside from the Batangas City Coliseum and Batangas State University Gym, that is a viable practice venue for the PBA teams.

Then there are those in Ilocos Norte, Clark and Subic that are the target options of coach Yeng Guiao for his NLEX Road Warriors.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial and his staff take a look at the Batangas City venues Friday after a meeting with Mayor Beverley Dimacuha, Rep. Marvey Mari?o and Batangas State U president Dr. Tirso Ronquillo.

Marcial has had a previous talk with the Batangas City officials who were receptive to the PBA's plan to hold team activities in the city.

The PBA is looking to get its 12 ball clubs to start scrimmages by mid-May, with hopes of kicking off Season 46 Philippine Cup in June.

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Marcial said they would still be able to accommodate their planned two-conference calendar season if they get to take off in June.

"But it would already be a single-round-robin elims for both the first and the second conferences," said Marcial, originally looking at a longer double-round-robin elims for the second conference.

But as it is, holding scrimmages are still subject to the approval of the government whose decision will be based on COVID-19 cases in different cities, provinces or regions.

PBA officials are hoping the situations improve to such levels that 5-on-5 scrimmages would be allowed by the end of the current quarantine period (May 14).

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Sen. Bong Go said COVID-19 cases should go down for the government to approve the PBA's request for team activities in the National Capital Region. (SB)

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