PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial told InterAksyon.com that the biggest arena in the country has met the league’s standard after an ocular inspection on Thursday.
“Ok na, mayroon nang flooring, mayroon na siyang court, everything na kailangan para sa game,” Marcial said in a telephone interview.
“Hinihintay na lang namin yung kontrata. Pero mukhang doon na gagawin (yun opening).”...
This year, the league is looking to top that as it considers holding the ceremonies in the country’s largest arena – the 55,000-seater Philippine Arena at the Ciudad de Victoria in Bocaue, Bulacan.
PBA operations chief Rickie Santos confirmed in a text message that the league would like to kick off the new season in the venue if things are in place in time....
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel battled hard but could not pull off a win against the visiting Changwon LG Sakers club from Korea to fall, 81-76, in the “Asian Basketball Showdown” exhibition game on Tuesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Kings were within a solitary point, 66-65, with 3:02 remaining but the Koreans’ Kim Yong Hwan knocked down a couple of late threes to give the LG Sakers an eight-point lead, 79-71, and put the game away.
Ginebra was led by a strong showing from sophomore big man Greg Slaughter, who finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Mac Baracael and Chris Ellis both scored 13 points while new recruit Joseph Yeo added nine points and four assists in the loss....
MANILA, Philippines - Average attendance took a dip in the PBA last season due to adjustments in schedule to allow an extended training period for the national team but the pro league’s new chairman Patrick Gregorio said the other day the goal is to set a record in live audience numbers in the 40th anniversary campaign starting Oct. 19.
The average attendance record for a season is 7,700 set in 1996 and nearly broken in 2010-11. Indications are clear that a new record will soon be made with crowds of over 20,000 recently storming the gates of venues for big games. Last season opened with an audience of 20,298 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum and ended with 23,234 witnessing Game 5 of the Governors Cup Finals between San Mig Coffee and Rain Or Shine. During the season, the PBA recorded an all-time, single-game attendance mark of 24,883 in Game 7 of the Philippine Cup semifinals between San Mig Coffee and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel to eclipse the previous high of 23,436 in Game 3 of the 2012-13 Commissioner’s Cup Finals between Alaska and Ginebra.
For the first time in its 39-year history, the PBA will welcome 12 teams this season. Kia Motors and Blackwater are joining the fold as expansion franchises. N-Lex is another new member after buying the Air 21 franchise....
MANILA, Philippines – Playing-coach Manny Pacquiao was thrilled to hear the news of KIA Sorento's surprising 73-71 victory over Barangay Ginebra in a tune-up game earlier this week.
Pacquiao did not watch his team's game against the perennial crowd favorites as he was in the midst of a media tour with American boxer Chris Algieri for their upcoming welterweight fight.
Upon his return to Manila on Tuesday, Pacquiao said the victory over Ginebra, as slim as it may be, bodes well for KIA's chances when they make their debut in the PBA this season....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|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|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||9||7||0.562||6th|
|2010-2011 Governors' Cup||8||5||0.615||4th|