THE PBA D-League is about to lose one of its long-standing member teams.
In light of the latest punching incident that led to a life ban on its coach, Cagayan Valley announced the franchise will be leaving the developmental league at the end of its current stint in the Foundation Cup.
Team manager Fred Collado made the announcement after meeting with commissioner Chito Salud, who handed the life ban and a P500,000 fine on Pua for mauling referee Ben Montero during a game between the Rising Suns and Livermarin Guardians on Thursday.
“Kung hindi ka na masaya sa liga, bakit ka pa sasali?” Collado said shortly after emerging from his meeting with Salud which Pua snubbed.
Cagayan has been in the league for three years and made the finals twice.
Salud described the act as ‘despicable and offensive to the sensibilities of all sports stakeholders and aficionados.’
Collado on the other hand, was also fined P20,000 for saying officiating in the league is ‘inter-barangay’ level, which Salud ruled to be ‘inimical and/or prejudicial to the interests of the league.’
The Cagayan Valley team manager said the franchise will just finish its campaign in the ongoing tournament. He bared the group will field a team in the regional basketball league being organized by former national coach Joe Lipa which is set to open in July.
Collado said he got an assurance from Salud that complaints about officiating in the league will be addressed.
“Sa amin naman kahit matalo kami, basta maganda (officiating). Nanalo nga kami eh (against Livermarin),” Collado said. “May mga lapses na kailangan i-address na para sa susunod na laban, maganda ang tawagan.”
Even with the Salud assurance, Collado said it won’t stop Cagayan from taking its act to the Countrywide Basketball League (CWBL), which giant network ABS-CBN Sports will be backing.
“Subukan muna namin sa CWBL. Sa mga meetings, mukhang promising 'yung liga," Collado said.