Hapee not returning to PBA D-League | Inquirer Sports

Hapee not returning to PBA D-League

/ 03:36 PM September 18, 2015

Hapee Fresh Fighters celebrate D-League championship. INQUIRER

Hapee Fresh Fighters celebrate D-League championship. INQUIRER

Are Hapee days in the PBA Developmental League over?

The answer, apparently, is a yes.


Fresh Fighters team manager Bernard Yang told INQUIRER.net on Friday that the Dr. Cecilio Pedro-owned squad would not be returning to the PBA D-League for its 2016 season.


“Hapee will not join (this upcoming D-League season),” he said.

Yang did not explain the specifics of Hapee’s decision to take a breather from the D-League, but teams can join and pull out of the D-League whenever they please.

Hapee, which is also one of the rumored teams who are eyeing a jump to the PBA, made its triumphant return last year after a four year hiatus from commercial basketball.

Behind D-League MVPs Bobby Ray Parks and Garvo Lanete, Gilas cadets Earl Scottie Thompson and Troy Rosario, and San Beda studs Baser Amer and Art dela Cruz, the Ronnie Magsanoc-coached squad snared the 2015 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup title.

However, injuries and national team obligations for a number of players cut short the team’s run at the top, falling to CafeFrance in the 2015 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals.

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