The Filipino community in Dubai will once again be treated to live PBA action, with three teams set to play in the United Arab Emirates for a pair of games.
As part of the Governors' Cup eliminations, Rain or Shine will play back-to-back matches against GlobalPort on May 21 and fan favorite Barangay Ginebra on May 22.
Both games will be played at the Al Shabab Al Arabi Club in Dubai.
"Dubai is a very hot spot for Filipino basketball - be it Gilas or the PBA," said PBA Commissioner Chito Salud in a press conference at SMART-Araneta Coliseum on Friday....
MANILA, Philippines—Asia’s longest professional sports league is about to undergo a major change.
For more than 40 years that the Philippine Basketball Association has existed, it has kept the same structure: a commissioner at the top working closely with the Board of Governors.
But everything is about to change....
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel has won back-to-back games to push its win-loss record above .500, but the coming PBA All-Star break could either work in favor of the banged-up Kings or halt the momentum of the team that is now rolling after big wins over Purefoods and Blackwater.
Veteran guards Mark Caguioa and LA Tenorio are hoping the break could turn out to be a positive for the Kings (4-3), who are now locked in a three-way tie for fifth to seventh places with idle GlobalPort and Purefoods.
But if it were up to Caguioa, he prefers not to have a break potentially mess with the rhythm that Ginebra has begun to establish....
Marcus Douthit of Blackwater and Jayjay Helterbrand of Barangay Ginebra had to use their bikes to be able to reach the SMART-Araneta Coliseum before the call time of their respective teams Wednesday night.
For the Elite import, he likes to use his bike for dual purposes – both for convenience and to keep in shape.
“Both. I’ve been using this bike for about a year now,” Douthit told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview....
"Napaka-importante sa amin nito. Nag-improve kami sa standings, we needed this win badly talaga," said Ginebra head coach Ato Agustin. "We started bad, we started slow. Buti na lang nakabalik kami ng second half. I reminded them wag sila magrelax."
After being out-scored 25-20 in the first, Ginebra countered with a 29-20 second quarter to go up 49-45 at the half. The Gin Kings limited Blackwater to just 15 points in the third while scorring 22 to claim an 11-point lead heading into the final frame, 71-60....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||4||3||0.571|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||7||6||0.538||5th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||5||5||0.500||6th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||3||7||0.300||8th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||15||8||0.652||3rd|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||4||7||0.364||8th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||12||12||0.500||Runner-up|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||8||9||0.471||6th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||9||6||0.600||3rd|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||8||6||0.571||3rd|