THE D-League games on Monday have already been cancelled; a PBA triple-header is at risk of being called off as well.
Due to the expected landfall of super typhoon 'Ruby' in metro Manila Monday evening, the PBA Commissioner’s Office has decided to cancel the three-game schedule of the D-League at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
And with the typhoon's effects expected to linger until Tuesday, the PBA is on a wait-and-see mode with regards to the rare triple bill scheduled later that day at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
“After careful evaluation ni Commissioner Chito Salud sa situation at sa bagyong Ruby, lalo na sa pag-monitor namin ng mga development, nagpasya siya na i-cancel na ang D-League games today,” said PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial.
“Kahapon pa kami nga nagmo-monitor eh. Hindi na rin niya pinapasok ang mga taga opisina. Ngayon naman susubaybay kami para sa games bukas, triple header yung schedule,” he added.
The PBA has lined up three games on Tuesday, including the postponed Purefoods-Barako game in Dipolog City last Saturday which is now scheduled to be played beginning at 2 p.m.
The game will be followed by the San Miguel-Blackwater tussle at 4:15 p.m. and the Globalport-Meralco game at 7 p.m.
“Hindi pa kasi natin alam ang sitwasyon, kaya naka-antabay lang muna kami,” said Marcial.
The special assistant to the commissioner also bared that depending on the effect of the typhoon, which is expected to hit Metro Manila at 8 p.m. of Monday, they will still evaluate if the triple header games will push through.
“Depende nga eh. Baka bukas namin i-de-decide yun,” he said.
If and when there will be cancellation, Marcial bared that they might re-schedule the games to Wednesday at a still to be determined venue.
“Baka Wednesday natin gawin. Na-advise na namin ang mga teams. Ngayon kasi di pa kami makapag-decide dahil inaantabayan pa namin yung magiging effect ng bagyo,” Marcial said.
Marcial also revealed that trade deadline might also be pushed back in the event of a cancellation.
“Pag hindi natuloy yung games bukas, Wednesday lalaruin. The following day ang deadline,” he said. “Pero pag natuloy ang games bukas, Wednesday ang deadline.”
Asked if the league has already acted on the proposed trade wherein the Purefoods Star Hotshots will acquire veteran Mick Pennisi from the Barako Bull Energy for Ronnie Matias and Isaac Holstein, Marcial was non-commital.
“Wala pa kaming natatanggap na ganyang proposal eh. Pero nadinig ko nga na may ganyan daw. Hintayin natin tapos i-a-update ko kayo agad,” Marcial said.
With heavy rains expected on Monday evening, the Department of Transportation has already announced the shortened operations of the three LRT and MRT lines that are the best modes of transport to regular PBA venues.
The MRT line that connects North EDSA to Taft Avenue will cease operation at 7 p.m., while the last trip from Baclaran and Roosevelt Stations of LRT 1 will be 8 p.m. LRT line 2’s Recto station will close at the same time while its Santolan station in Cainta will shut down at 7:30 p.m.