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    Asiad hope raised as top PBA, SBP officials 'reach agreement'

    Aug 5, 2018
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    IS the Philippines sending a basketball team to the 2018 Asian Games afterall?

    Hope that the Philippines will reconsider its decision not to send a basketball team to the quadrennial showpiece in Indonesia was raised after a meeting between officials of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and the PBA board.

    Highly placed sources said members of the PBA board and officials of the country's basketball body have come up with a common stand, just weeks after a controversial decision by the SBP to abandon plans to send a team to the Asiad.

    In fact, officials led by SBP head Al Panlilio and PBA commissioner Willie Marcial are set to hold a press conference at 6 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum press room, ahead of Game 5 of the San Miguel-Ginebra finals for the Commissioner's Cup title.

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      According to sources, members of the PBA board will sit down and meet with coach Yeng Guiao before the press conference to finalize details of the revived Asiad plan.

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      But even before that meeting, another source told SPIN.ph the PBA and SBP are reviving the plan to send the core of a Rain or Shine team plus reinforcements to the Asian Games, with Guiao as head coach.

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      That plan was quashed after the SBP announced its decision to pull out of the Indonesia tournament.

      The bad news?

      Once the deal is finalized, Guiao's team will have less than two weeks to prepare for the Asian Games basketball competition, which kicks off on August 18.

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