THE Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association (MMTLBA) is likely to shelve its upcoming season early next year, according to a source who requested not to be named.
Although there has been no official word yet, the source said the MMTLBA’s season will be called off as member schools could not agree on a rule change regarding recruitment policies following Friday’s meeting among league officials.
“Hindi magkasundo sa mga new rules so the host school decided to suspend it muna for a year until the rules are finalized,” added the source.
Hope Christian High School is host of the 44th season of the league that has served as a breeding ground for a lot of junior players who became big stars in college, and later in the PBA.
According to the source, the schools have agreed on having two transferees outside member school per team, but couldn’t agree on the age when a player will be considered as a transferee or a recruit.
“Gusto ng Xavier, 10 years-old-below na kapag nag-transfer, recruit na pero ‘yung ibang schools, 12-years-old, which is the age where an elementary student graduates to high school,” said the source.
Even before Friday's meeting, Xavier is already mulling a pullout from the premier Filipino-Chinese league owing to disagreements over the recruitment policies.
[For full story, see Xavier mulls pullout from Tiong Lian league over pestering recruitment issues]
It is unclear, however, whether the suspension of the season means Xavier has indeed pulled out of the league.
If Xavier withdraws, only three teams will be left in Hope, St. Stephen, and Chang Kai Shek.