Duremdes says lots of game time left to play for young MPBL

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 04, 2020 12:30 PM
Duremdes says lots of game time left to play for young MPBL
Kenneth Duremdes says despite all the turnovers as of late, there is much time left for a comeback win for the MPBL

The Lakan Cup of the MPBL is not yet over and done with.

The regional league remains adamant that it would push through with its semifinals and finals once there is a green light for contact sports.

That means, though, that the Lakan Cup, which raised its curtains on June 12, 2019, would be running for more than a year.

Of course, the young organization founded by Sen. Manny Pacquiao is only continuing to hope for the better.

At the same time, it recognizes that all of this is part of the process. "The PBA started as a young league also. Before, there were also birth pains for them," Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes told sportswriter Cedelf Tupas in The Crossover Podcast last Wednesday.

He then continued, "Just like us in the MPBL, may birth pains yan. Walang tournaments anywhere na nung inumpisahan nila is perfect agad, walang ganun."

Duremdes has no doubt that he and all of the regional league would do nothing but power through the continuing COVID-19 crisis. "Nakita na naman nating marami na talagang nakapansin sa liga natin. We started with close friends lang, basketball afficionados lang, and now we feel that big companies are coming din so that's a good sign," he said, while mentioning title sponsor Chooks-to-Go.

Even better, the commissioner said there is nowhere to go but forward for young MPBL. "First quarter pa lang tayo ngayon and magse-second quarter pa lang. Merong (panahong) scoreless, merong (panahong) maraming turnovers, pero ang maganda is may dadating (pang oras)," he said.

He then continued, "May dumadating na bagong quarter, bagong game lagi."


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