MANILA, Philippines – Players and coaches from St. Clare who spiced up Basilan Steel-Jumbo Plastic were almost stranded in Davao.
Fortunately, they made it back to Metro Manila on March 13, and the same afternoon they were closed.
"Some of the players even thought about staying," said Jinino Manansala, whose protective spell against Davao Occidental-Cocolife was to compete for the title of division of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Cup.
It felt like a "summer beater" to coach Jinino Manansala.
"Now we are not even sure how long the quarantine will remain," he told the investigator. "There were 33 rooms in the hotel booked for us, imagine how it could cost if we stayed."
The architect of the St. Clare dynasty in men's basketball at the National Athletics Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities said his players were all responsible.
"But they're all okay to do quarantine training," said Manansala, who led the Saints to five Naascu championships, including four in a row last year.
And in these dire times, St. Clare included the list of saints as beneficiaries of his COVID-19 relief efforts.
The players received rice bags from the school and other support from Manansala's family and several team alumni.
The former guard from the University of Santo Tomas said that former players who also helped were Jammer Jamito from Ginebra, Aris Dionisio from Magnolia and Cris Bitoon from Blackwater.
The Saints proved their worth in the PBA D-League last year when they sponsored the Foundation Cup with the BRT Sumisip Basilan-St. Clare. It defeated the Marinerong Pilipino in the final.
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