Bread Story plans to maintain D-League team, but major roster change expected as partnership with Lyceum ends
Coach Bonnie Tan is pleased to see his wards make a fine run in the PBA Developmental League before he leaves. Jerome Ascano

BREADSTORY plans to stay in the PBA D-League next conference after a surprising run in the playoffs of the Aspirants Cup, but the squad is set to undergo a major change as the partnership with Lyceum ends.

Head coach Bonnie Tan said Breadstory is expected to assemble a new squad, and a partnership with a school unlikely.

“Breadstory is a friend of mine so hanggang this conference lang ako. ’Yung next conference, pinag-uusapan pa. Pero definitely, it’s not going to be a school-based or kung school-based, not with Lyceum anymore,” said Tan.

After forcing Café France to a deciding game for a semifinal berth, the Pirates fell short of extending their campaign, losing to the Bakers, 81-68. They won three of the last four games of the elimination round.

It was a fine run for the NCAA squad, and Tan is pleased to leave the team in such state.

“Talagang dinesign ito entering the D-League this season para maging program na pinlano ko na eventually, before PBA, ito ang malaruan nila para magkaroon sila ng experience,” said Tan, who is also an assistant coach with Globalport in the PBA.

Before parting ways, Tan is expecting to spend some time with the team during the Chinese New Year party.

“Sabi ko sa kanila, kakain pa tayo, magsasama pa tayo. May Chinese New Year pa tayo na i-cecelebrate para makatikim sila ng tikoy. I’m sharing ’yung tradition na tikoy night namin to the team,” said Tan.

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