MANILA, Philippines– Veterans Paolo Hubalde and Val Acuña are proceeding to the next stage of their careers as they team up for MJASZenith Talisay in the Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup.

Part of their enjoyment is the fact that they will be able to play competitive basketball as soon as more as the COVID-19 pandemic practically put sports to a stop in 2020.

” It was really a challenging time, especially when you have no chance of earning a living,” said Acuña, a four-time PBA champ with the Purefoods franchise and a previous Finals MVP of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.

Acuña and Hubalde have not played for more than a year as the MPBL stopped play due to the COVID-19 pandemic

With the MPBL stopping its operations, the gamers likewise lost their incomes and rather counted on allowances from their groups.

Luckily for the Valenzuela teammates, MJASZenith team owners Samson and Arlene Lato decided to bring them in to form the core of the Talisay team in the VisMin league.

” We are really grateful that our owners accepted the deal for the team to play in the VisMin Super Cup, which will give these gamers the chance to make for their families,” said MJASZenith group supervisor Jhon Santos.

” Times are truly hard. Our gamers really experienced the trouble of conserving their little allowances simply to survive.”

Acuña and Hubalde will be sharing the flooring with another veteran player in Patrick Cabahug. They will be coached by

Aldrin Morante with Bong Alvarez acting as consultant.

The Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup, which is a professional league, will start with a competition bubble in Cebu City on April 9.