Further heightening the action in the Philippine Basketball Association Developmental League (PBA D-League), Japanese convenience store brand FamilyMart and topnotch hospitality management and business administration school Enderun Colleges, team up to form the FamilyMart-Enderun basketball team and announced their official entry to the tournament for its 2019 Aspirants Cup.
Team Coach Pipo Noundou introduced the lineup of 15 promising and talented players with Team Captain Mark Nuñez leading the pack at the press launch held on January 31, 2019 at Enderun Colleges in Taguig.
“We are delighted to launch the FamilyMart-Enderun team and bring more excitement in the PBA D-League. Our goal is to establish ourselves as a dominant force within the league and show great games and performances from our players,” Coach Noundou said.
As a new entry to the PBA’s minor league, the franchise aims to provide access and opportunities for its players to hone their skills further and increase the competition in the league.
“We are proud and honored to join the PBA D-League. We feel happy and excited to be able to play in a national league and a competitive tournament. We will certainly do our best to succeed,” Nuñez said.
FamilyMart—a subsidiary of Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc.—and Enderun Colleges are both part of the UDENNA Group of Companies. The FamilyMart-Enderun team will be the second basketball team of the company after Phoenix PULSE Fuel Masters who are currently playing at the PBA.
“As part of one company, Enderun Colleges and FamilyMart share the same values and vision. Both brands are known for its quality products and services and with the official entry of our new basketball franchise, we also aim to bring quality performances to the league’s audiences and introduce our brand to a new network of potential clients,” Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc. Chief Operating Officer and FamilyMart President Henry Albert Fadullon said.
The 2019 PBA D-League season will open on February 14 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City with 20 teams competing.