San Beda hints on re­join­ing PBA D-League

Manila Times - - Sports - JEREMIAH M. SEVILLA

HEAD coach Boyet Fer­nan­dez said that San Beda Univer­sity is plan­ning to re­join the 2019 Philip­pine Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion De­vel­op­men­tal League (PBA D-League) sea­son.

“Yes, we plan to join the PBA D-League but we are still wait­ing for spon­sor­ships. I hope we can find one,” Fer­nan­dez told TheMani­laTimes in a text message.

San Beda, with Cig­nal HD as its part­ner, copped the Aspi­rants’ Cup in 2017. The Red Li­ons then opted to skip the 2018 sea­son.

Cig­nal has hinted it may re­join the league but Fer­nan­dez is not sure of an­other part­ner­ship with the brand.

“I re­ally don’t know. It’s re­ally up to the bosses what their plans are. For us, we’re just fol­low­ing them,” said Fer­nan­dez, a six-time D-League cham­pion coach.

“Our goal re­ally in join­ing the PBA D-League is to field the whole team and give every­body the ex­pe­ri­ence so we can im­prove as a team in prepa­ra­tion for the next NCAA (Na­tional Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion) sea­son. Hope­fully we can join,” he added.

San Beda re­cently won its third straight and an un­prece­dented 22nd over­all NCAA crown un­der Fer­nan­dez.

Univer­sity Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion of the Philip­pines cham­pion Ate­neo De Manila Univer­sity and run­nerup Univer­sity of the Philip­pines have both de­clared in­ter­est to join the de­vel­op­men­tal league.

A total of 22 school-based and cor­po­rate teams are gird­ing up for ac­tion in the tour­ney, in­clud­ing found­ing mem­ber Cen­tro Es­co­lar Univer­sity, Marinerong Pilipino, Go For Gold- Col­lege of St. Be­nilde and Wangs Bas­ket­ball.

All squads have until De­cem­ber 21 to for­mal­ize their en­try. The 2019 PBA D-League Draft is on Jan­uary 24, with the com­pe­ti­tion proper un­fold­ing on Fe­bru­ary 14 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

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