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A Storied Franchise, The Quebradilla Pirates Is No More

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“The town of Quebradillas, Puerto Rico is in mourning.”

So stated the former player of the Quebradillas Pirates of the National Superior Basketball (BSN) and now head coach of the Guaynabo Mets in the same league, Richie Dalmau.

“Certainly, Quebradillas mourns. People are feeling that loss of their basketball team. Here (in Quebradillas) the talk is basketball before the season, during and after the season ends. This is a town of great tradition in basketball, so it’s been strong,” said Dalmau, who won three championships with Quebradillas in 1999, 2000 and 2009.

The former player of the national team said that although he felt the loss he was not in position to to criticize that move because he does not know the reasons that led to the new owner of the franchise, Felix “Felo” Rivera to move to the town of Manati.

“This is a loss for basketball. The Pirates team has a long winning tradition. To see that happen, when two years ago (2013) we won the championship … Wow. People are deeply hurt,” stated the coach who expects this move might be temporary.

Moving the Pirates to Manati was officially announced last Thursday by Rivera. The attorney had already received the approval of the Board of Directors of BSN to move the franchise for a year. The quintet will now be known as the Athenians of Manati.

“It’s not whether or not we come to Manati. It’s official, “Rivera said through a written statement.

About Julio Pabón

Julio is President and Founder of Latino Sports LLC., the parent company of Latinosports.com. Julio is a product of the South Bronx where he still lives and runs his businesses. Julio has written and has been interviewed for numerous publication and networks on sports & political issues. He has been an activist promoting social justice and respect for all communities. He is a recognized motivational speaker, was an adjunct professor of American History and presently volunteer's as a lecturer in local South Bronx High Schools. His primary goal is to make Latinosports.com a multi-facet sports portal that will engender social and economic empowerment to the Latino community.