THE Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is set to ask country’s top collegiate leagues to call off some of their games that coincide with the staging of the FIBA-Asia Men’s Basketball Championship.
SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan said a request will be relayed to the leadership of the UAAP and NCAA to temporarily suspend their respective schedules for the entire duration of the world basketball championship qualifier which the country is hosting for the first time in four decades.
Both collegiate leagues will be in the middle of their respective tournaments when the Fiba-Asia tilt is played at the Mall of Asia Arena and either the Cuneta Astrodome or Ninoy Aquino Stadium from August 1 to 11.
Pangilinan, who both supports reigning UAAP and NCAA champions Ateneo and San Beda, respectively, hopes both leagues will give way to this rare endeavor.
“Ang thinking namin, to allow the country to focus on this international event, we would have to request the boards of the collegiate leagues kung pwedeng ipagpaliban sa amin, suspend their games for the relevant dates, which is twelve days,” the sports patron said during the formal press conference on Friday announcing the country’s hosting of the tournament formerly known as the Asian Basketball Championship.
“So they may get delayed in terms of closing their tournament. But of course we have to write them. It’s up to them,” Pangilinan added.
The UAAP and NCAA holds some of their games also at the Mall of Asia Arena, the main venue of the Fiba-Asia meet, where three berths to the 2014 Fiba-World Basketball Championship in Spain will be at stake.