RACAL Motors has decided to focus playing locally after its sudden pullout from the Asean Basketball League (ABL).
The motorcycle company is set to field two teams in the inaugural season of Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) that tips off next month following its withdrawal from the regional league owing to problems from its international backers.
Caida Tiles and Kama Motors will represent Racal, a founding member of the new amateur league that features a total of eight teams.
“Ang PCBL is just based here kaya mas madali,” Caida coach Mike Buendia said on Thursday. “At founding member ang Racal, kaya kailangan ituloy yun.”
Former HiTech Bangkok coach Jing Ruiz, who led his Thai team to the ABL title last season, will now call the shots for Kama.
But Buendia stressed the PCBL was not the main reason why Racal decided to skip the ABL.
“It’s not the major factor naman,” the concurrent Rain or Shine assistant coach said. “May internal reasons yung owner tsaka yung business na inaayos pa, so na-forego muna yung pagsali sa ABL.”
“But hindi naman totally na tinatanggal,” he added. “In the future, baka sumali pa rin sa ABL. Ngayon lang kasi medyo may inaayos sila, tapos nasabay malapit dun sa opening (ng ABL).”
Buendia also cited the death of the father of Racal boss Jonito Racal as another factor.
“Medyo dumaan ng konting, hindi naman depression, pero parang nag-mo-mourn pa yung family.”
“Pero yung business side talaga yung main reason,” Buendia added as his team embarks on a conference that runs for three months.