WITH the fate of the 96th NCAA basketball tournament hanging in the air, Perpetual Help coach Mike Saguiguit remains optimistic the league’s cage wars will still push through.
“I’ve heard the NCAA will still have its 96th season pero walang 5-on-5 basketball. Magco-conduct yata sila ng skills challenge para doon sa four major events ng NCAA,” Saguiguit told Malaya-Business Insight yesterday.
“I and the rest of my team are still hoping and praying na matapos na itong pandemic para makasimula na din ang college team sports sa atin,” he added.
Saguiguit took over from Frankie Lim at helm of the Altas in December last year and has hit the ground running, although virtually, for Perpetual.
“The team is still doing virtual training,” Saguiguit said. “Nakakalungkot nga at dumami na naman ang COVID-19 cases sa atin. ECQ na naman ang NCR.”
Set to be hosted by Letran, the new season will get going virtually in the first week of May.
Among the options the NCAA considered was holding its season in a bubble at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna.
The plan was scrapped due to the whopping P40 million estimated cost and the absence of the green light from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
The remainder of the 95th season was called off in March last year at the start of the government-imposed lockdown to stem the spread of the killer pulmonary disease.
Indoor volleyball, football, lawn tennis, soft tennis, track and field, beach volleyball, and cheerleading were cancelled last season.