Players from the Philippine Basketball Association voiced their opinions on the controversial Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup game pitting ARQ Builders-Lapu Lapu and Siquijor.
Despite being in different pro leagues, they are still in one basketball community.
And so the players expressed their disgust over the game that halted due to “technical difficulties” at halftime with a score of 27-13 in favor of the Heroes.
Magnolia’s Paul Lee was the first to voice out, saying that VisMin players are lucky to be playing while the PBA is on the sideline.
However, they treated the game dishonorably, since there were many “questionable” moments that included air-balled free throws, botched fastbreak attempts, and mind-boggling turnovers.
“Madaming player ang nawalan ng trabaho ngayong pandemic at gustong-gusto maglaro. Kayo ‘yung mga pinagpala para makapaglaro tapos ganyan.
“Hindi ako perfect sa laro pero madaming questionable dito para sa akin,” rued the three-time PBA champion.
Kiefer Ravena of NLEX responded by saying that the opportunity to take part in something special is not given to everyone.
The idea of the VisMin league is to inspire the next generation of players from the region to strive for more, knowing that they have a league of their own.
“Sana hindi tularan ng mga bata ito, lalo na ‘yung nasa Visayas at Mindanao kasi para sa kanila ang ligang ‘yan — para meron silang sarili nilang liga.
“Pero kung ganito ang gagawin nila… Sana puyat lang sila, kulang sa extra work, masama ang gising, o kahit anong dahilan at hindi dahil sa mga comments ng karamihan ng tao,” opined Ravena.
CJ Perez of San Miguel chimed in in saying, “Honor the game.”
The game is currently under investigation by the Games and Amusements Board.