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SOCCSKSARGEN Marlins to be part of MPBL this season

by Jim Lemuel Wilson, June 28, 2019 9:10pm

A new management team has taken over the SOCCSKSAERGEN Marlins in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, making it a 31-team field in the Lakan Cup.

Armor on Philippines will be the official manager of the squad with the company's owner Kevin Espinosa and manager Norm Conti doing much of the work, the team said in a letter sent to the league's management. The letter was signed by team manager Mark Herceda.

In an interview with Courtside Philippines, league commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said that the team was given a July 5 deadline to submit their lineup for the ongoing tournament.

"Hopefully yung una nilang inassemble na team is yun pa rin, para yung mga players mabigyan ulit ng chance na ma-fulfill yung dreams nila," Duremdes said.

"Hopefully after our announcement, mag-respond pa rin yung mga players," the commissioner added.

Should some those players, however, does not commit to the team, the MPBL will allow SOCCSKSARGEN to get other players to play for them.

"Ang deadline ng submission ng lineup nila is July 5," said Duremdes.

"Naintindihan naman ng liga yung nangyari sa franchise, and hopefully yng mga ibang teams na nandito na, I'm asking their understanding on this matter. Kasi hindi naman natin ginusti yung nangyari," he said.

SOCCSKSARGEN initially had KAPA as major sponsor.

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