MPBL still hoping to push through with Lakan Cup this year; next season opens 2021
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 02, 2020 02:03 PM
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The MPBL Lakan Cup stays open-ended as the regional league is still adamant to go through with its remaining games.
"The last semifinal games as well as the finals series of the Lakan Cup shall proceed once contact sports is allowed," Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said in a memo released on Monday.
Top-seed San Juan is dueling three-seed Makati in the North Finals while one-seed Davao Occidental is battling third-seed Basilan in the South Finals.
Both best-of-three series are tied at 1-all with the winners then advancing to the race-to-two championship round.
According to the MPBL, the remaining games would be played in a single venue closed to the public. Players, coaches, and staff would also be quarantined throughout all series.
Once the Lakan Cup is over and done with, the regional league then hopes to host a preseason tournament in preparation for the next season.
Dates remain up in the air with the continuing COVID-19 crisis.
What is certain is that the next season would open on June 12, 2021 instead of the originally planned June 12, 2020.
Also a certainty is that the MPBL is urging each and every one of its 31 teams to give their players allowances amounting to at least 20 percent of their contracts.
At the same time, it has barred all of its members from taking a leave of absence for next year's tournament.
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