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    Bubble experience gives TNT an edge over the rest in PBA restart

    Sep 5, 2020

    TnT Katropa working out in a bubble type atmosphere at the moment should augur well for the team’s campaign should the PBA get to resume its season by early October.

    Head coach Bong Ravena said it would be to the Katropa’s advantage that they’re currently experiencing how it is to live and get used to being in a bubble, which the league is looking to adopt in order to resume the Philippine Cup.

    At the moment, the entire ballclub is at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna where they have been holed up for 15 days doing their daily players’ workouts.

    The Katropa will finish their two-week training at Inspire on Sept. 9.

    “At least lamang na kami kasi nakauna na kami ng ganito,” said Ravena Saturday from the team’s training facility inside the National University compound in Laguna.

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    In the 11 days that the Katropa have been living in the bubble, Ravena said the players already embraced the daily way of life where they did nothing but to workout and then just stay inside their respective rooms.

    No recreational facilities can be found within the sports academy.

    “Nasanay na rin kami. Sanayan lang yan. Kung ito yung way of life na binigay for the meantime, e,” said the 50-year-old father of cagers Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena and volleyball player Dani Ravena.

    PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial disclosed that a planned bubble by the league for a compact All-Filipino conference could lasts until two months, with the first month reserved for the eliminations and the other half, for the playoffs and the finals.

    He is looking to have the season reboot by October 9 and finish it by the middle of December.

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      Ravena believes the Katropa – and even the rest of the teams for that matter – will be able to withstand staying in such atmosphere where the players will have the regular routine of hotel-practice-hotel-games.

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      “Wala kaming issue about it,” said the TnT mentor. We’re all professionals. Yan ang trabaho natin, e.

      “Ganun talaga. You have to sacrifice para matuloy yan,” Ravena added. “Mahirap din na walang PBA. Two months sandali lang yun.”
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