Almazan, Shaw, Intal, Napoles to join their respective teams just in time for the season restart
Latecomers Raymond Almazan, Maurice Shaw, JC Intal, and Jorey Napoles finally arrived at Clark on Sunday noon to finally join their respective teams in their campaign.
However, despite finally checking in at Quest Hotel, the pro-athletes will still need to undergo a two-day quarantine before joining their teams in practices.
Almazan’s appearance for the season’s restart is a big boost to a team that has not consistently contended well in the all-Filipino conference in the absence of a solid big man in the middle.
The former Letran standout had to come behind the arrival of Bolts as he completed his rehab session on Friday after undergoing an off-season surgery for a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee which he suffered in Game 3 of the last Governors Cup finals against Barangay Ginebra.
Meanwhile, Shaw, the 6-foot-9 second overall pick in last year’s draft, just landed last week from the U.S. and had to observe a seven-day quarantine before he will be allowed to proceed to the Clark bubble.
“Mag-quarantine pa muna ‘yung mga dumating,” said Blackwater coach Nash Racela. “But the good thing for us, andito na siya [Shaw].”
Shaw was accompanied by Blackwater team governor Siliman Sy on his way to Clark hoping the rookie big man will help the Elite make it to the playoffs of the season’s lone conference.
“Hope he can help,” Blackwater owner Dioceldo Sy said. “I think teams that stayed solid together will win.”
Moreover, Intal and Napoles also had an approval after recuperating from their respective injuries to play for the season restart.
The Fuel Masters’ standouts arrived along with Phoenix assistant coaches Willie Wilson and Kris Reyes.
“They are quarantined now pending the results,” said Fuel Masters team manager Paolo Bugia.