DAVAO Occidental Cocolife Tigers can now resume their comprehensive training and physical conditioning in preparation for their South division title-retention bid against Basilan in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Lakan Season.
Last Thursday, President Duterte announced the shift to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) from Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in large part of Mindanao, particularly Davao Occidental, home of the pacesetting Tigers.
The improved situation in Davao prompted Dumper Party List Rep. Claudine Bautista of Davao Occidental, Cocolife president Atty .Jose Martin Loon, FVP Joseph Ronquillo, AVP Rowena Asnan and SVP Franz Joie Araque to order the Tigers to get back into serious training soon.
Team officials, including team manager Dinko Bautista, deputy Ray Alao and the coaching staff, are now looking to defend their home turf.
“We will still follow the social distancing rule, but we will focus on physical conditioning of the players,” said Alao.
“We are confident that things will go back to nornal soon and we can resume playing basketball again,” added Alao.
Davao and Basilan are tied at 1-1 in their best-of-three southern finals but the rubber match was reset due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
In the North, defending champion San Juan are also locked in a tight battle against dangerous Makati.
The Knights and the Super Crunch are tied at 1-1 with the deciding game also postponed due to COVID-19. DS