Banal eager to deliver for TNT
Gab Banal inks a two-year deal with TNT after declining a one-conference offer from Alaska.
The 31-year-old Banal attended TNT practice for the first time on Monday, just days after parting ways with Alaska.
Banal, who was offered by Alaska a one-conference deal, signed a two-year contract with TNT.
The 6-foot-3 forward joins a franchise that his father Joel coached and steered to the All-Filipino Cup title in 2003.
“First day of practice, I’ve learned a lot na agad kay coach Chot. He is not just a basketball coach but a leader because he taught me so many things a while ago that I’ve never heard before. It’s an opportunity for me to learn from the best, not just as a coach but also a leader and a life coach,” said Banal.
Senate recalls PSC budget over Obiena case
Patafa claimed the pole vaulter falsified documents to show that he settled the payments to Ukrainian coach Vitaly Petrov
THE Senate is reconsidering the Philippine Sports Commission’s budget allocation in light of the issue over Olympian EJ Obiena’s funding from the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa).
Sen. Pia Cayetano raised the motion to recall the proposed budget was approved by the Senate on Monday.
Cayetano noted the PSC’s “hands-off approach” after Patafa ordered Obiena to return €85,000 (around P4.8 million) in financial assistance. The Patafa claimed the pole vaulter falsified documents to show that he settled the payments to Ukrainian coach Vitaly Petrov
"The PSC took a hands-off approach. Sabi lang nila work it out. How can you do that to your national athlete? Pakielaman mo naman! Bigyan mo naman ng halaga ang ating national athlete na inakusahan na lang ng ganun ganun na wala pang basis cause no less than the coach said that he was paid," said Sen. Cayetano.
Obiena has hired the private firm PricewaterhouseCoopers to help him in auditing his payments to Petrov and intends to release it in public.
TNT injury concern
Samboy de Leon injured his leg in the first leg of the PBA 3x3.
“That’s in my mind right now,” Belen said as the Tropang Giga were handed the champions’ cheque of P100,000.
TNT faces the Zamboanga Valientes on Wednesday, the first day of the two-day second leg.
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