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20 teams, so far, in MPBL


by Jerome Lagunzad

Buoyed by the immense success of Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League’s inaugural conference, interested continue to knock on the door of the fast-growing regional league.

MPBL officials on Tuesday stamped their approval on three more expansion teams – Marikina, Mandaluyong and Pasay, doubling the league’s participants to 20 squads for the next conference which gets going on June 12.

MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said they won’t allow any more teams from Luzon, at least for now. But the league has left the door open to applicants from Visayas and Mindanao.

According to Duremdes, a meeting between MPBL officials and interested parties is scheduled tomorrow at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu. Four teams, two each from Cebu by way of Lapu-Lapu City and Cebu City plus Davao Occidental and Davao City, have already confirmed participation.

As early as last week, Marikina, behind former Navotas coach Elvis Tolentino, expressed his group’s interest of forming a team from the “Shoe Capital of the Philippines.”

The Cuneta Astrodome, a government-owned facility, will be used by Pasay City as its home court while Mandaluyong won’t play any home games in the coming conference since the city has yet to have a playing venue.

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