TWO PBA D-League teams have mixed feelings about the Holy Week break as the Foundation Cup takes a four-day respite.
Café France coach Egay Macaraya expressed concern that the long break will disrupt the Bakers’ momentum ahead of important games.
Macaraya said most of his players are going home to their provinces, making some of them unavailable for practices during the break.
The rest comes at a time when the Bakers have won two straight games after beating Jumbo Plastic, 92-69, on Monday.
“The problem is most of my players, mga Bisaya kaya uuwi sila ng probinsya,” said Macaraya, whose team has a school tie-up with Centro Escolar University.
“Ngayon lang makakapag-bakasyon ‘yung mga bata (na naglalaro sa CEU),” Macaraya added.
Compounding Macaraya’s woes is the fact that Café France is returning to action a day after Easter when it faces Big Chill, a winner over Boracay Rum in its last outing on March 25.
“I hope na magtuloy-tuloy ang laro ng mga bata. Kailangan lang namin focus,” Macaraya said.
In contrast to Macaraya, NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez definitely welcomes the long break.
The Road Warriors are coming off their first victory of the conference by routing Hogs Breath Café, 90-54, following two straight defeats to start off the team’s campaign.
“Winning the game gives us a positive attitude going to the Holy Week break,” Fernandez said.
The NLEX coach said the team will use the Holy Week break to regain its form as the Road Warriors prepare for their next outing against Boracay Rum on Thursday.
“Sana this Holy Week, makapag-nilay-nilay kami at maisip namin kung ano gagawin namin against Boracay Rum,” Fernandez said.