Typhoon fails to wash away competitive fire of NCAA stars

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 09, 2015 03:40 PM
Typhoon fails to wash away competitive fire of NCAA stars
CAN'T TOUCH THIS. All teams in the NCAA are still working in spite of the heavy rains and strong winds of typhoon Falcon.

Typhoon Falcon may have caused the cancellation of back-to-back game days in the 91st Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, but its 130 kph winds have a long way to go before it can slow down the competing teams from their preparations.

The league postponed contests between EAC and Lyceum and then San Beda and San Sebastian on Thursday as well as the Mapua-Letran, JRU-Perpetual, and Arellano-CSB match-ups on Friday due to the cancellation of classes in the National Capital Region brought about by typhoon Falcon.

Still, the heavy rains and strong winds did not cancel Mapua’s practice on Friday as team captain Josan Nimes told ABS-CBN Sports, “We have practice at 7:00 AM (tomorrow). No breaks for us.”

The typhoon also could not hold back, and instead even intensified, Letran’s practice as top-gunner Rey Nambatac said, “Nung nalaman naming cancelled na yung game tomorrow, instead na light practice lang, naging hard kasi magiging seven days kaming walang game so ayaw ni coach mawala yung resistensya.”

JRU’s Teytey Teodoro, Perpetual’s Scottie Thompson, and CSB’s Jonathan Grey all shared that their teams went through with their practices scheduled for today as well.

On the other hand, San Sebastian and EAC used Thursday to rest, but will push through with practice on Friday. “Nandito lang kami sa dorm to rest. Bukas resume ng practice namin,” Golden Stags captain Jamil Ortuoste said.

Generals leader Francis Munsayac stated, for his part, “Napag-usapan namin na rest day muna ngayon pero sinabi ko sa kanila na we’re gonna shoot some hoops para magpapawis at ‘di mawala sa kundisyon.”

Meanwhile, five-peat champion San Beda will take advantage of the extended time off for some team-building. “We’ll have team-building on Saturday sa Batangas because wala kaming time nung preseason. Now, we’ll try to stay dry and in shape,” team-captain Art Dela Cruz shared with ABS-CBN Sports.


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