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Zamboanga Valientes take leave of absence for PBA 3×3 second conference

Zamboanga MLV is not taking part in the PBA 3×3 Second Conference.

According to tournament director Joey Guanio, the Valientes decided to skip to recuperate from the injuries they suffered in the maiden conference.

“They will just be skipping the Second Conference,” he wrote in a text message to Tiebreaker Times. “Their players are still recovering from sustained injuries.”

Zamboanga went 0-24 in the First Conference, including the five losses it had via forfeiture. It no longer played in the sixth leg last December 20.

JR Cawaling was reportedly the only one available to play, with Mac Cardona, Das Esa, and Gino Jumao-as all hurt.

The 40-year-old Cardona was the first to go down when he sustained a shoulder injury during the second leg.

Kyle Neypes and Rey De Mesa, on the other hand, both had availability issues, thus the team’s decision not to partake in the said stop.

With this, only 13 teams will see action in the Second Conference’s first leg on February 19-20, with new team Master Sardines taking their spot.

The Fishing Champs are composed of Levi Hernandez, Michole Sorela, Mon Mabayo, Cyrus Tabi, John Mahari, and Jeff Comia.

Guanio, however, said that Zamboanga will still return.

“They promised to be back stronger in the third Conference,” he wrote.

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