CHAMPIONS CUP: Meralco will take over as PBA representative

Paul Lintag on Sep 09, 2018 05:26 PM
CHAMPIONS CUP: Meralco will take over as PBA representative
The Bolts will have to go through defending champion Al Riyadi of Lebanon, Iran's Petrochimi, Taipei's Pauian, Alvark Tokyo of Japan, China's Liaoning Leopards, Korea's SK Knights, and Thailand's Mono Vampire to win the Champions Cup.

Well... "San Miguel" to the 2018 FIBA Asia Champions Cup was a bust.

Instead, the Meralco Bolts will compete in  the elite Asian club joust set to start on Sept. 27 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Following a discussion in its annual planning this time in Las Vegas, the PBA Board approved Meralco's participation following a request from FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann.

Baumann specifically asked for the inclusion of a PBA team in this year's competition.

Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas competed last year in China, placing fifth with Isaiah Austin as import.

"Without a doubt, the partnership of the PBA and the SBP has become more solid. And this is a big, big plus for our national team," said SBP president Al Panlilio, also a PBA board member representing the Meralco Bolts team.

FIBA initially listed the San Miguel Beermen to compete in the Champions Cup but SMC Sports Director Al Chua, in a previous report by Randolph Leongson of Spin.ph, says no one has approached thei camp regarding an official invitation.

The Bolts will have to go through defending champion Al Riyadi of Lebanon, Iran's Petrochimi, Taipei's Pauian, Alvark Tokyo of Japan, China's Liaoning Leopards, Korea's SK Knights, and Thailand's Mono Vampire to win the Champions Cup.

With this development, the PBA will no doubt adjust the Bolts' Governors' Cup schedule. Meralco is set to face Rain or Shine at the Ynares Center in Antipolo on Sept. 28.

 


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