Top bosses of the Pangilinan teams, however, insist everything will be well covered in the absence of Reyes and Gregorio. “Their assistant coaches will be there to take over,” said Smart-PLDT top executive Ricky Vargas, referring to Nash Racela, Josh Reyes and Jamike Jarin at Talk n Text and Ronnie Magsanoc, Boyet Fernandez, Patrick Fran and Xavier Nunag at Meralco. The Bolts have long been in training since they’re among the first teams to take an early vacation last season. The Tropang Texters, the team that had the longest 2010-2011 season, re-open camp Tuesday when coach Reyes is already in Wuhan. “We practiced four hours a day since I’ll be away for a long period of time.
We worked double time to establish the system we want to implement,” said Gregorio. “Ilang araw na lang tournament na pagbalik ko but, of course, we have to prioritize the country,” Gregorio added. Gregorio said Magsanoc would be the one in command in his absence. Reyes should also not have a problem, leaving the reins at Talk n Text to Racela, a long-time deputy.