Pirates patiently playing waiting game

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    AMID uncertainties hounding the 96th NCAA basketball tournament, Lyceum coach Jeff Perlas will follow whatever decision the league will make.

    “Face-to-face events as of now, wala pa talaga, but they’re planning to have some online events. Waiting game pa rin when it comes to 5-on-5 unless there’s vaccine for everyone,” Perlas told Malaya-Business Insight yesterday.

    “The NCAA is doing its best to make it happen this year but there are guidelines that need to be followed,” he added.

    The NCAA is plodding on with its 96th season with online and hybrid events as the country continues to grapple with the deadly COVID-19 pandemic more than one year after it broke out.

    The new season is set to kick off virtually in the first week of May.

    Perlas said his wards are doing just fine and moving on after guard Reymar Caduyac opted not to play his final year with the squad. Caduyac was picked in the third round in the PBA rookie draft last March 14 by Phoenix Super LPG coached by former Pirates tactician Topex Robinson.

    “So far, we’re okay, same as before online Zoom training pa rin, as of the moment. Regarding (Reymar) Caduyac, we’re happy for him as he enters a new chapter in his basketball career,” he said.

    “I hope he’ll be able to get a contract with Phoenix and show everybody that he belongs to the PBA.”

    Among the options the NCAA considered was holding its season in a bubble at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna.

    The plan did not push through 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, however.