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Perasol confirms release from live contract, thanks Powerade, GlobalPort

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Former Powerade Tigers coach Bo Perasol on Friday confirmed that he has been released from his live contract with the squad, freeing him to call the shots for the Ateneo Blue Eagles next season.

Perasol said that GlobalPort, the Mikee Romero-owned squad which bought the Powerade franchise and assumed the team’s live contract including the coach’s, offered him to call the shots.

“I would like to thank Mikee Romero for showing the trust and confidence by offering me to coach his team,” said Perasol.

With Perasol out of the picture, Romero appointed Glenn Capacio to take over the reins of GlobalPort in an interim capacity. He also tapped Perasol’s former assistant, Ricky Dandan, as part of the coaching staff.

The University of the Philippines alumnus, however, refused to comment when asked about his involvement with Ateneo.

Instead, Perasol took the time to thank the management of Coca-Cola, which owned the Tigers.

“Powerade will always have a special place in my heart. I would like to thank the management for giving me the opportunity to handle the squad. I also wish the players and the coaching staff the best of luck,” said Perasol.

In the Philippine Cup last season, Perasol led an eighth-ranked Powerade team to an upset victory over the top seed B-MEG Llamados in the quarterfinal round before going all the way to the finals. The Tigers lost to the mighty Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters in the championship round, but the Tigers gained the respect of everyone in the midst of a crisis brought about by the reported sale of the franchise.

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