Five PBA teams depart for Clark bubble

Published September 27, 2020, 2:41 PM

by Jonas Terrado

Quest Hotel will house hundreds of guests when the PBA bubble starts.

Five teams will be the first ones to experience life inside the bubble as the PBA contingent begins to set up camp in Clark, Pampanga on Monday.

Magnolia, TNT, Meralco, Phoenix Super LPG and Terra Firma are the squads scheduled to check in at Quest Hotel, the site where all PBA teams, officials and staff will stay during the duration of the bubble.

Set to arrive next on Tuesday are San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra, NLEX, Alaska, Rain or Shine, Blackwater and NorthPort.

Teams will be picked up through buses provided by Genesis Transport Service through select pick-up points.

Upon arrival, teams will undergo swab test before being required to undergo a 24-hour quarantine inside their hotel rooms. Teams can begin holding 5-on-5 scrimmages at the Angeles University Foundation campus if COVID-19 tests came back negative.

“I’m sure it’s something to look forward to,” said Phoenix interim coach Topex Robinson. “Our goal coming into the bubble are the opportunities that we will grow together as a team. The challenges that will set forth that I’m sure will be a great learning tool.”

Teams will be given a maximum of two weeks to hold scrimmages before the season can resume with the Philippine Cup on Oct. 11 at AUF gym.

Meralco coach Norman Black (PBA Images)

Meralco coach Norman Black admitted that the limited time for scrimmages is something of a concern, yet understands that other teams will be dealing with the same situation.

“We are excited about getting back on the court again, but we recognize the challenges ahead,” said Black. 

“My main concern will be trying to get my guys in 5-on-5 conditioning with a very limited amount of practice time. Everyone is facing the same set of obstacles so we will just dedicate ourselves to getting ready for the tournament,” he added.