With only a few games left in season three, the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) wants to end their Lakan Cup, which was abruptly stopped at the height of the final of the South and North Divisions.
MPBL Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said the question was only a matter of resuming the tournament as the country is still dealing with the COVID 19 crisis.
"We will end our season," said Duremdes. “It depends on the government's decision to relax restrictions on public gatherings, including sporting events. We are just waiting for approval from the national government. "
When the tournament was stopped with 31 teams more than a month ago, San Juan and Makati were 1-1 in the north final, while Davao Occidental and Basilan were also prepared for a crucial game in the South final. The winners of both series will advance to one of the five best national title series. However, sources said the league could likely shorten the championship playoffs to a best-of-three in a closed venue.
"First of all, we have to advise the four teams involved, since they all come from inactivity and the players have to get back in shape," said Duremdes. "Then we have to look at the status of the LGUs (Local Government Units)."
Other factors to be considered, according to Duremdes, are land travel, resumption of domestic flights, seafaring and the availability of hotels, restaurants and venues.
Duremdes said the league must also discuss the possibility of postponing the start of season four, which was originally planned for June.
"We can play as soon as the [enhanced community quarantine] is raised, but behind closed doors," said Duremdes.
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