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    Staging of D-League, Batang PBA still possible with arrival of vaccines: Marcial

    Mar 13, 2021
    PHOTO: PBA D-League Images

    OUTSIDE of the 46th season of the PBA and the inaugural staging of the 3x3 tournament, the league's board of governors is taking a wait-and-see approach before it proceeds with its other activities for the year.

    Commissioner Willie Marcial said that proposals on the PBA's developmental arm PBA D-League and its grassroots program Batang PBA were tackled in the two-day board planning, but those remain as plans as of now.

    "Pinresent natin yan sa Board," he said.

    However, a big concern in making those events possible is the still evident threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Most of those activities are geared toward the younger players, with the PBA D-League being utilized as the first step of aspirants before making the leap to the pro league, while the Batang PBA staging basketball clinics for the youth.

    The PBA D-League was actually supposed to stage its 10th season last year and is celebrating its 10th anniversary on Friday.

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      Marcial, however, pointed out that staging those events may still be possible this year with the arrival of the vaccines.

      "Kung papayagan na tayo ng (Inter-Agency) Task Force, kung may vaccine na tayo, baka pati ang Batang PBA at D-League, pwede na natin gawin," he said.

      The PBA is planning on staging a two-conference season for the five-a-side game, and three conferences for the maiden season of PBA 3x3.

      For more PBA updates, click here.

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      PHOTO: PBA D-League Images
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