DAVAO CITY Feb. 12 (PIA)- Phoenix Petroleum, a Davao- based independent oil company now has a team in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
The team named as Phoenix Fuel Masters is all set to play in the coming 41st season of the Philippine Basketball Association. It’s first game will be on February 17 against the Northern Luzon Expressway Road Warriors team at the Smart Araneta Colisum in Quezon City.
The entry to the PBA was realized when the company bought the Barako Bull franchise and the sale approved by the PBA Board last January 20.
“It has always been a dream for us in the company and for me as a basketball enthusiast to be part of this prestigious league.” Says Dennis Uy, president and CEO of Phoenix Petroleum.
The roster of the team include former national team player JC Intal alongside Josh Urbiztondo, Micheal Pennisi, Paul Joseph Sorongon, Yutein Andrada, Michael Miranda, John Brondial, RR Garcia, James Forrester, Emmanuel Monfort, William Wilson and Chico Lanete. The team is coached by Koy Banal and its import for the conference is Nigerian Andrew Kehinde Adeleke.
Being a Davao-based team, Phoenix Fuel Masters returns to its hometown with a game on March 19 in Panabo City, Davao del Norte where they will be pitted against crowd favorite Ginebra San Miguel.
The PBA is Asia’s first professional basketball league and is the second oldest continuously playing league in the world after the National Basketball Association (NBA). The PBA is composed of 12 company-owned teams playing in a three-conference season.
With its impending professional debut, Phoenix Fuel Masters will be the first PBA franchise coming from Davao and Mindanao. (PIA/RG Alama)