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Titans’ Dario to skip rest of Aspirants’ Cup to focus on academics

/ 06:47 PM January 21, 2017
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

After playing in AMA Online Education’s season opener, Diego Dario will no longer see action this 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.

The University of the Philippines guard will sit out the rest of the conference due to conflicts with his academic schedule.

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“I really wanted to play but the games will coincide with my classes,” Dario told INQUIRER.net.

With Dario out, AMA coach Mark Herrera said is now finding a replacement for his back-up playmaker.

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Dario posted six points and two rebounds in his 13 minutes off the bench in AMA’s 101-95 win over Batangas last Thursday.

The 20-year-old decided to choose his classes over the D-League as he didn’t want to complicate his eligibility for the Fighting Maroons this upcoming UAAP Season 80.

“If I don’t attend my classes, I may not be able to play for UP this season. But the reason why I played in the D-League is also to improve my game,” he said.

“I’m thankful to AMA for the opportunity and I can say that I really maximized the time I had with the team and made the most out of the trainings, especially learning from older and more experienced players like Jeron (Teng) and Juami (Tiongson).”

AMA plays Cignal-San Beda next on Tuesday.

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