Cagayan Rising Suns

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Cagayan Rising Suns
Leagues PBA D-League (2012–15)
PCBL (2015–present)
Location Philippines
Team colors Maroon, Gold
Head coach Alvin Pua

The Cagayan Rising Suns were a basketball team owned by the family of Alvaro Antonio, the incumbent governor of the Province of Cagayan. The team was managed by daughter, Criselda Antonio (incumbent mayor of Alcala, Cagayan), and coached by her husband, Alvin Pua.

The team debuted in 2012 PBA D-League Foundation Cup, finishing with a disappointing 0–9 record. There were many added to their roster including Letran center Raymond Almazan and former FEU stalwart Chris Exciminiano, who still led in rebounding and scoring, respectively. Then, They had a good 2-0 start but lost to Erase XFoliant Erasers, 78–91.

On May 17, 2015, the team announced it will leave the PBA D-League after the 2015 Foundation Cup, following the lifetime ban imposed on coach Alvin Pua.[1] The ban on Pua was imposed after his attack on referee Benjie Montero during the team’s game against Livermarin on May 13, 2015. Pua was also fined 500,000 pesos. Team manager Frederic Collado was also fined 20,000 pesos for his critical comments. [2][3]

It was reported that Cagayan had expressed plans to join the Countrywide Basketball League after Collado criticized the penalizing of Pua by the PBA D-League. [4] Pending application, however, Pua may need to look for another job as potential members of the new league expressed concerns about his team joining the league; in fact, it was also reported that Cagayan might be unwelcome. The league's organizer and president Joe Lipa said he still has to hear the beleaguered coach's side first before making a decision.[5] However, Cagayan became one of the inaugural clubs in the Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL).[6]

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