Teams of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) were finally allowed to hold scrimmages on Thursday, a little over a week before the Philippine Cup is slated to restart in Pampanga.
The Magnolia Hotshots and the Meralco Bolts were the first teams to practice at 1 p.m. followed by Phoenix and Terrafirma at 3:30 p.m. The TNT KaGiga was the last team to hit the practice court at 6 p.m.
According to the practice schedule, each team is given two hours to practice while 30 minutes is allotted to disinfect the entire area.
The teams are practicing on the main court of the Angeles University Foundation and the second floor of the complex, which was converted into a basketball court with flooring from the Philippine Arena being used to meet the league’s requirements.
The practice schedule on Friday is a lot busier with all PBA teams slated to practice. This includes the second batch of teams to arrive at the “bubble” inside the Clark Freezone composed of defending Philippine Cup champions San Miguel, along with Ginebra, NLEX, Alaska, Blackwater, Rain or Shine, and NorthPort.
The teams’ practice and scrimmages is the next step in the lead-up towards the league’s restart on October 11, 2020. (JNP)