Basilan renames team to Peace Riders, finds new league in VisMin Cup

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The Basilan Steel has become the Peace Riders and is already looking forward to a fresh start in the Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup.

More than their unpleasant exit from the playoffs of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League that saw them lose via default after four of their players tested positive for Covid-19, team manager Jax Chua said the protocols set forth by the VisMin Super Cup is more ideal.

“Nakita po kasi namin siya na platform na nagbigay ng credible na paglalaruan. May base set sila na guidelines na maganda. Nag-create sila ng magandang protocols at environment kung saan puwede laruan ng players,” said Chua.

“Kasi hindi naman kaila sa inyo na naglaro kami sa kabilang liga na hindi kami nabigyan ng chance. Our management namin at big boss namin, tingin nila hindi namin na-carry out yung objective namin to represent Basilan. Kaya niya binuo nila yung team na ito is to redefine Basilan,” Chua added.

“So nakita namin nung sinend sa amin yung plano ni Sir Rocky (Chan, VisMin Super Cup COO) dun sa liga, natuwa kami kasi tingin namin sa VisMin Super Cup, yung games mapapalanunan sa court, hindi through something else,” Chua continued.

The MPBL’s health and safety protocols were authorized by the Department of Health while the VisMin Cup’s is overseen by the Games and Amusement Board. The VisMin Cup will follow the health protocols being followed by all professional leagues in the country, most notably the Philippine Basketball Association.

Basilan will parade a formidable squad led by former pro Jonathan Uyloan. It also has former Southwestern University-Phinma forward Criz Dumapig, Bobby Balucanag, Jay Collado and Jhapz Bautista. (JNP)