THIS could become the longest game in MPBL history.
The game between Muntinlupa and Navotas went to an extra five-minute stretch and had to be rescheduled on the final play date of the elimination round as the basketball rim broke down during the last 1:35 of the first overtime with the Cagers leading 98-95.
A three-point shot by a Navotas player caused a break down and on a putback, Michole Sorela, which was interfered by a Muntinlupa player, it has become completely not playable as officials called a halt to the match.
Since it was force majeure, MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said the game will be rescheduled on the final day of the elimination round, but that would still depend whether the game will have any effect on the team standings of both teams.
“If ever walang bearing sa standings nila, hindi na itutuloy yung laro,” said Duremdes. “Pero if may epekto, like if teams are vying for a quotients, then we will resume the game with the remaining time.”
Duremdes also advised the team owners of the Navotas Clutch to improve the facility.
“We want to make sure it will be 100-percent playable. Otherwise, we will not hold any more games here,” Duremdes added.
Players complained on the playing condition of the Navotas Sports Complex as players were sprawling because of the slippery floor.
“Maraming players ang nadudulas. If ganyan yung condition ng playing court, mababawasan ang quality of games dahil mag-iingat ang mga players. More than anything else, we’re also looking at the safety of our players,” said Duremdes.
“We’re going to issue a memo to the Navotas Clutch team owners to improve the playing condition of their sports complex. Otherwise, we will not hold any more games here.”
This is the second time a Muntinlupa game had to be rescheduled. More than a week ago, the Angelis Resort-backed Cagers’ match against the Pasig Pirates was postponed due to continuous heavy downpour.