A lot of surprises had happened in the MPBL Datu Cup that even lowly-ranked teams are capable of beating the top favorites.
The Quezon City Capitals-Black Mamba are one of those teams not bothered of going up against the big dogs in the tournament. Instead, the team is more concerned about dealing with its own battle, which is tougher and more formidable than going up against the title favorites.
“Probably the more challenging for us is our schedule because most of us have our day jobs,” guard Hesed Gabo told FOX PH in an exclusive interview.
Peejay Barua, a former La Salle stalwart, is one of those doing double shifts from working in Maynilad in the morning to attending practices or playing at night in the MPBL.
“I think most of us, including the coaches, have day jobs. Even the management. I don’t want my players to give up their day jobs because basketball is just a short term goal,” said head coach Vis Valencia.
“Unlike the other teams, whose players are working full-time for them, our team prioritizes their day jobs because they already made a career out of it.”
The challenge of having a long day is one of the things the Capitals need to address.
“We’ve been experiencing it as early as last season. We go to our offices or work at day, had to endure the traffic of going to the practice or games at night. It’s really a struggle for us,” added Valencia.
But Valencia and his troops are not complaining. In fact, they are enjoying the best of both worlds.