IT WAS the ending that both defending champion San Juan Knights Navy and Palayan City Capitals did not expect.
But given the present situation when even sports had to take a backseat due to more pressing concerns, both the Knights and the Capitals are only too happy to be declared as co-champions in the 2020 Community Basketball Association-Pilipinas basketball tournament.
CBA founding president Carlo Maceda said the decision was reached upon consultation with officials of both San Juan and Palayan City due to the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine imposed by the government to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
"The CBA officials have consulted with both teams involved in the finals and it was unanimously decided with the best interest of the fans, the players, the team owners and team officials," Maceda said in an official statement dated March 16.
"In consideration of the lockdown and its uncertainty, we would like to announce the conclusion of the CBA Executive Cup," added Maceda.
"We hope that everyone will stay healthy and we pray that these dark times will end soon so that we may start anew."
Team managrrs Christopher Conwi of San Juan Knights Navy and Ryan Ripalda of Palayan City Capitals signed on behalf of their respective teams.
Palayan City, which is headed by veteran coach Alvin Grey, drew first blood with a 79-74 win in the opener of their best-of-three title showdown last Feb. 29.
But San Juan, coached by Randy Alcantara, evened the series with a 74-66 victory in Game 2 held in Gapan City last March 8.
The two teams will now split the split the P1-million cash prize.