PBA SLATES  GUAM  JAUNT;  DEFERS  TALKS  ON  RP 5

MANILA, APRIL 11, 2006 (STAR) By Nelson Beltran - The Philippine Basketball Association is featuring another official game abroad, specifically in Guam on May 26, following its highly successful sojourn in Hong Kong last month.

The PBA board of governors, however, deferred talks on the nagging issue on Philippine basketball crisis and its stand on the national team as well as Alex Comptonís appeal for exemption on eligibility rules for the annual Rookie Draft during its meeting at the PBA offices at the Ultra yesterday.

Compton, a star guard in the PBL, is an American born in the Philippines. But heís ineligible to join the annual draft under the existing rules.

According to PBA commissioner Noli Eala, the national team issue was really in the agenda but because there were many items to be tackled, PBA chairman Ely Capacio deferred discussions either next regular PBA board meeting or to a special meeting for that purpose.

The PBA is now finalizing its talks with the Guam organizing group for the game pitting Alaska Milk and Barangay Ginebra towards the end of the Philippine Cup classification round.

The Guam game organizers were the same parties involved in the staging of the RP-Guam dual meet in the 90s, featuring PBA teams against local squads, including the US-Guam naval base team.

It will be the third PBA game to be held outside of the country following its successful event for Filipino overseas workers and expats in Hong Kong recently.

Meanwhile, the PBA board also approved the proposed calendar of activities next season.

As approved by the board, the PBA is revising its calendar next season, starting with the all-Filipino tourney before holding the import-reinforced conference.

"Itís pursuant to our meeting with the coaches and team managers. They want to start with the Philippine Cup to give their rookies and new recruits exposure in the first conference of the season. They also want more time to scout imports abroad for the Fiesta Cup," said Eala.

The board has also set the height ceiling for the imports, pegging the limit at 6-foot-6.

The 2006-07 season starts in October with the league once again having 10 member-ballclubs with the entry of Welcoat Paints.

Before the rookie draft, the league is holding a blind dispersal draft, giving Welcoat a chance to pick veteran players from the nine other clubs.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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