TEAMS in the PBA D-League are taking a brief rest this Holy Week, hoping to take advantage of the break before resuming their respective title bids in the Foundation Cup.
After last Monday’s tripleheader, the league took a week-long break until Easter, a respite which nearly all the teams asked by Spin.ph are certainly making full use off.
Most of the ballclubs, however, will be reporting for practice either on Black Saturday or Easter Sunday as they are scheduled to return to action on Monday.
Blackwater Sports coach Leo Isaac said he is not concerned at all about the Elite losing their momentum following a two-game winning streak after opening the conference with a 0-2 record.
The Elite go back to practice on Easter.
“Nag-practice kami hanggang Wednesday tapos balik kami ng Sunday. Wala namang concern doon dahil kundisyon naman ang mga players. Mas kailangan namin mental conditioning,” said Isaac, whose team faces Hog’s Breath Café on Tuesday.
Jumbo Plastic Linoleum coach Stevenson Tiu also welcomed the break as it is a perfect opportunity for his injured players to recuperate.
“Pahinga kami kasi maraming injured. Si Jason (Ballesteros) playing hurt, pinipilit ko lang. Si Jeff (Viernes), may sprain din. Siguro long rest muna. Deserving naman,” said Tiu, whose squad is in joint second with a 3-1 (win-loss) slate.
Big Chill coach Robert Sison said the Superchargers have been on a break since their last practice on Monday.
But he said the team will be back in high gear on Black Saturday as it faces next the ever dangerous Boracay Rum side, which holds a similar 2-2 card.
“Resume kami ng ensayo sa Saturday in preparation for our game against Boracay on Monday,” said Sison.
Although it will face winless Derulo Accelero on Monday, five-time champion NLEX is not taking any chances as it will take a short rest before returning to practice on Saturday.
“Break lang namin is Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. We will be back Saturday. Mahirap na, you can’t take any team lightly,” said NLEX assistant coach Mon Celis.