As MPBL teams get stronger, Batangas City wants to stay healthy

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DEFENDING champion Batangas City is probably the only team that didn’t make much changes in its roster.

Except for two acquisitions to make up for the loss of college standout Bong Quinto, the Tanduay-backed Athletics intended to keep the team intact as they make their title retention bid for the coming MPBL season.

The Athletics tapped ex-pro Bong Galanza, a 6-foot-3 swingman who played for Kia/Dyip in the PBA. The team also tapped Sandy Cenal, who played for Tanduay in the D-League.

But for head coach Mac Tan, what’s important is to preserve his players for the long stretch.

With teams expected to play a minimum of 25 games each in the elimination round and a few more just in case they reach the playoffs, keeping the players fresh  should be given utmost importance.

“We’re trying to condition the team lang. Tapos nagpupuno lang ng line up pa. Baka may masilip pa. We’ll have a long season. Kailangan prepare talaga to defend the title,” Tan wrote in an exclusive online interview  with FOX Sports Philippines.

“Yan naman talaga first option, to keep the team healthy para kapag playoffs, fresh at maintain pa din team. Kung kaya i-limit minutes ng players pero at the same time kailangan rin manalo.”

With teams tinkering their line up for the coming stretched season that could last up to 11 months, Tan is looking for players — a big man and a point guard who could fill up the 18-man roster.

“We need extra bodies, for the long season, but for now, keeping ourselves healthy will be the key,” added Tan.