Quest keeps doors open for Asia Cup
John Bryan Ulanday (The Philippine Star) – December 3, 2020 – 12:00am
SMART CLARK GIGA CITY , Philippines — Another bubble tourney, this time with international flavor, looms here early next year.
Quest Plus Conference Center, home of the PBA since September, has assured its readiness and willingness to host the third window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers in Clark in February.
“We would love to be considered as home for another bubble if given a chance,” QPCC executive assistant manager Mabel Roman told The STAR. “To be part of another bubble experience is something we would love to do all over again.”
Earlier this week, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Al Panlilio informed FIBA that the Philippines could host at least two groups composing of eight teams led by Gilas Pilipinas, South Korea, Indonesia and Thailand from Group A for the next window.
The world-class QPCC, led by general manager Michael Gapin and Roman, said it’s open to hosting FIBA event, armed with the experience of taking in the PBA delegation made up of 12 teams and over 350 persons for two months.
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Crowd-darling Ginebra continues to miss its throng of fans cheering from the stands as the Gin Kings face TNT Tropang Giga in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven finals.
If not for the pandemic, this series would have been a blockbuster, especially for die-hard Ginebra fans.
“It’s very different now. Usually, we walk on the court in the first game of the finals with the crowd always there to lift us up. Now, we have to find a way to lift ourselves,” said coach Tim Cone.
“I look forward to playing in front of thousands of Ginebra fans and hearing the famed Gi-ne-bra! chants,” said rookie Arvin Tolentino, who grew up being a fan of Ginebra.