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PBA cancels Magnolia-Blackwater clash



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CLARK — The Philippine Basketball Association has decided to cancel the Magnolia-Blackwater tussle set Wednesday sans the green light from the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Following the recent incident of an Elite player testing positive for COVID-19 inside the bubble last Sunday, the league has yet to receive clearance from the IATF on when to allow Blackwater to return to action.

This is the third match that was called off. Other cancelled games were the Blackwater-Rain or Shine clash last Sunday and the TNT-Northport encounter supposedly set Monday.

Blackwater last played against TNT before one of its player tested positive for COVID-19.

The league announced Monday morning that the player from Blackwater, who was sent for isolation in Capas, Tarlac, has yielded negative results in the RT PCR test conducted Sunday.

Meanwhile, the scheduled match between San Miguel Beer and Meralco will still push through at 6:45 p.m. tonight.

Despite the cancellation of their game, Magnolia coach Chito Victolero said that he understands the league’s decision of putting premium on everyone’s safety.

“For everybody’s safety, I think PBA made the right decision. More than anything else, their priority and concern is always the safety of the players, coaches and staff inside the bubble,” said Victolero.

“We just try to look at it from a positive perspective. It gives the players more time to regain their strength and gives the coaching staff more time to prepare.”