The Manila Stars-Frontrow team is set to compete in the Mamee Cup Melaka International Basketball Championship in Malaysia beginning October 14.
But there’s a hitch: the team will run in conflict with the schedule in the ongoing MPBL Lakan Season.
Management of the squad failed to get approval from the MPBL to compete in the international tournament, forcing Manila to look for reinforcements in the club event.
“Baka kumuha kami ng import, kasi siyam lang maglalaro sa amin sa umpisa coming from our team from Manila, then susunod yung iba doon after our game sa Caloocan,” a team insider who requested anonymity told FOX Sports Philippines.
The Philippines will start its campaign facing a Singaporean club on October 14 at 4 p.m.
Manila faces Caloocan on October 15, the same day the Stars will be taking on a Chinese club team in Melaka, Malaysia.
“Sakripisyo talaga dahil hindi nga kami pinayagan ng MPBL. Pero tutuloy pa rin kami,” added the team insider.
By October 19, Manila will have another conflicting schedule and will be forced to split up its team. The Stars will have a 6:30 p.m. encounter in Bacolod, going up against Pasay.
But Manila will also have a scheduled game at 7 p.m. against local team Meleka in the international event on the same day.
Splitting its team is the price Manila has to pay, especially after failing to get approval from the MPBL.
Last season, the MPBL didn’t allow the Bulacan Kuyas to compete in a similar international event as Senator Manny Pacquiao informed league commissioner Kenneth Duremdes that teams will not be permitted to play outside the MPBL while the season is ongoing.