WHILE second round hostilities in the UAAP men’s basketball are already underway, the league is still in the process of finalizing its schedule for the rest of the season.
League secretary-treasurer Rod Roque of host University of the East admitted officials are still in the process of completing the entire schedule for the second round even though action had resumed on Saturday.
“Pinapalantsa pa namin para walang reklamo ang mga schools,” said Roque.
An initial schedule had already released to schools and media on Wednesday right after the end of the first round.
But several changes have since been made to the original second round schedule.
Asked about the sudden, last-minute change in schedule, Adamson assistant coach Vince Hizon can’t help but talked about the matter in jest.
“Schedule? What schedule? Schedules,” stressed Hizon, whose team was supposed to play National University instead of University of Santo Tomas. “Still don’t know who we were playing (next).”
Hizon said he only learned Adamson will be playing UST on Thursday.
“Two nights ago, I got three different schedules. Finally, at 6:20 p.m., I got the final schedule. The day was over. We had one day to prepare,” said the former Ginebra player.
Under the current formula being followed by the league, schedules are made according to the team’s placing by the end of the first round.
For example, the 6th and 8th placed team and the 1st and 3rd ranked squad will play on the first playing date, while 5th and 7th, and 2nd and 4th place will play on the next date.
According to a source however, one of the reasons why the formula was set aside had something to do with the host school’s commitment to hold at least one Ateneo-La Salle game at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum and the Mall of Asia Arena.
As it turned out, no Ateneo-La Salle match will be held at the MoA since the scheduled August 23 match was moved on Sunday (August 17) at the Big Dome, where both teams played during the first round last July 20.
Under the formula, Ateneo and La Salle was supposed to really play first.
The Blue Eagles finished on top with a 6-1 record while the Green Archers, sharing second place with Far Eastern University and National University, were third based on quotient.
University of Santo Tomas coach Bong Dela Cruz showed a bit of concerned after the Tigers’ win over Adamson since he still doesn’t know their next opponent.
The Tigers are currently hit by the injury bug as big man Karim Abdul is still sidelined due to a viral infection.
Dela Cruz’s team was supposed to play Ateneo in the first schedule released by the league.
“Hindi ko pa alam ‘yung schedule,” said Dela Cruz laughing. “Concern din sa amin ‘yun kasi siyempre ‘yung health ni Karim, tinitignan din namin para malaman kung paano i-aadjust siya (Karim).”
Hizon had a different take on it as the late release of the second round schedule didn’t entirely affect the Falcons’ preparation against UST.
“That’s basketball. Same for us, same for them. For me, it is the way the league is run. Whatever happens, we don’t care who we play. Doesn’t matter. We have to be ready at all times,” said Hizon.