BAP-SBP  WELCOMES  HARBOUR'S  OFFER  TO  BACK  SEAG  FIVE

MANILA, FEBRUARY 26, 2007
(STAR) By Nelson Beltran - PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad, who is also a member of the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas board of trustees, welcomed yesterday Harbour Centre’s offer to back the RP team’s quest in this year’s Southeast Asian Games, saying he’ll raise the matter during the SBP planning session in Tagaytay this weekend.

"This is one good development for Philippine basketball. It’s a big turnaround from the past when we’re having a hard time looking for sources to fund our team. This time, source na ang lumalapit," said Trinidad, chairman of the SBP selection committee.

"Once the offer is formalized, then we’ll surely talk about it. Harbour Centre’s offer came at a good time since the SBP is having a planning session this weekend," Trinidad added.

Fresh from their conquest of a second straight PBL crown, Harbour Centre team owner Mikee Romero offered the services of his ball club or to bankroll the Philippine team for the SEA Games in Thailand late this year.

And with the BAP-SBP selection committee and the pro sector still in a stalemate on who will be sent to the coming SEABA championship, Romero also expressed willingness to help, saying his Portmasters are available for the job.

Romero said they’re even willing to sacrifice a shot at a third straight PBL championship if tapped for the SEABA joust slated in May in Bangkok. The next PBL tourney starts March 24.

"If they decide to send an amateur team, we’re available and ready. We have a formidable team with a solid cast of coaching staff. (Harbour Centre consultant) Junel Baculi has been one of the most successful coaches in the amateur but has yet to be tapped to handle the national team," said Romero.


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