PBA: ROS reunion in Asian Games official again

Paul Lintag on Aug 05, 2018 05:59 PM
PBA: ROS reunion in Asian Games official again
The original backup plan of sending the core of Rain or Shine will push through. Yeng Guiao will handle the team.

After yet another u-turn, the Philippines will send a basketball team to the 2018 Asian Games after all.

In a joint press conference by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and the PBA Sunday prior to Game 5 of the Commissioner's Cup Finals, the plan to send the core of Rain or Shine with NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao to Indonesia for the Asiad is finally a go.

Last July 26, the SBP expressed confidence in Rain or Shine's stint in the Asian Games with coach Yeng Guiao at the helm.

But later in the same day, the SBP announced its withdrawal from the Asiad in a shocking midnight statement.

The following day on July 27, two separate press conferences, first by POC president Ricky Vargas, and the second by the PBA Board with Commissioner Willie Marcial, addressed the withdrawal and said that the Elasto Painters were will willing to compete if and when the SBP changed its mind anew.

Well less that two weeks later and less than two weeks before the Asian Games, the SBP did change its mind.

"We'd like to announce our participation in the Asian Games. This will be final," POC President Ricky Vargas said to start the press conference.

"We realized there was a strong clamor from our basketball fans and since we are the House of Basketball, we need to really take a look at that clamor. Galing pala yan sa puso ng mga fans," he added.

SBP president Al Panlilio said that the call of the fans was too loud to ignore at the end of the day.

And so here we are, again.

"The SBP is very happy to announce that we will compete in the Asian Games. Maraming tao ang kailangan pasalamatan in making this happen," Panlilio said.

"It was a very difficult and complex decision that we made, and it was unpopular [withdrawal]. But the clamor of the public, at the end of the day para sa bayan ito," he added.

The original backup plan of sending the core of Rain or Shine will push through. Yeng Guiao will handle the team.

[Related: PBA: Guiao gets his dream team for Asian Games]

The San Miguel group will also lend two of its players in Paul Lee and Christian Standhardinger to the Asian Games team.

"Time is really short, even before, when we first planned this maikli na ang oras. And with what happened the last 2 weeks lalo pang umikli ang oras natin," Guiao said.

"But that is also one reason why siguro po core na ng ROS dahil these guys are familiar with me and I'm familiar with them. There are 5-6 other guys coming from other teams but we feel na kaya naming i-jell with this week or so yung ibang players na manggagaling sa labas," he added.



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