MANILA, Philippines – Even after experiencing success in boosting the Philippine men’s national basketball team, Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. (BAVI) remains optimistic that they can form a full-time squad to represent the country in international competitions.
BAVI president Ronald Mascariñas announced as early as August that he is willing to fund a full-time national team, reminiscent of how it was done in the 1980s when the Northern Cement Corp. (NCC) basketball team competed for the country.
He later clarified that his announcement was not in any way meant as a slight to the Philippine Basketball Association, but made it clear that the offer remains on the table.
Months later, Mascariñas told ANC’s Cathy Yang that he still hopes to create a full-time basketball team.
“We need to do that,” he said. “We’re publicly declaring that we’re willing to do that, if it is necessary.”
“My proposal is no different from (the NCC team),” he explained. “That was a very successful model, and we want to do that one more time.”
“We’re telling the PBA and SBP that we’re willing to do that. Of course, there are a lot of other companies who are willing to support.”
However, Mascariñas said he has also been more careful since finding himself in an awkward situation with the PBA a few months ago.
“If we’re going to talk, I do it in private,” he said. “But there is progress. We’ll see.”
Most recently, Mascariñas and BAVI funded the team called Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas that competed in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup in September.
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