And it isn’t a bad thing with each of the semifinal match-ups having the potential to be a classic duel.
The Final Four begins on Monday with crowd-drawers San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra locking horns.
The Beermen and the Kings’ lone meeting in the elimination round needed two overtimes to be decided that could very well be an indication of things to come in their best-of-five tussle....
Castro didn’t leave anything to chance with another spellbinding performance in the quarterfinals against Phoenix Saturday night.
The 30-year-old Castro was at his best as he came just a couple points shy from matching his career-high with 42 points to lead the KaTropa....
Castro fired 42 points and propelled the Texters’ high-scoring exchange with the Fuel Masters that ended in TNT’s favor, 136-124.
The Texters, who will be appearing in the final four for the first time since their 2015 Commissioner’s Cup title win, will battle sister team Meralco Bolts in a best-of-five duel in the semis....
No.1 TNT and collides with No.8 Phoenix Fuel Masters face off in the main game at 5:15 p.m. after the curtain-raiser between No.4 Meralco and No.5 Mahindra at 3 p.m. Both games will be aired live on TV5.
The winning teams from the two matchups set up a semifinals date against each other. Defending champions San Miguel and Barangay Ginebra have already forged a final four duel on the other end of the bracket....
MANILA, Philippines - PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa said yesterday the new FIBA competition format of six home-and-away windows over a two year period to qualify for the 2019 World Cup and 2020 Tokyo Olympics will require a “permanent solution” with the SBP to choose the best players for the national team.
Narvasa said the PBA Board of Governors is solidly behind the SBP’s efforts in forming the most competitive Gilas team possible. “Every PBA player will be available for Gilas,” he said. “I think it should be mandatory for a player to join Gilas if he is chosen because this is for our country. FIBA will inform us of the schedule of the six qualifying windows and the PBA will work around that timetable.”
Narvasa said at the moment, he is leaning towards a common draft for all players on Oct. 30. An option is to hold a split draft where players in the Gilas pool are selected separately from others. That would mean only the rights to the Gilas players will be assigned and they may join the PBA only after their release from the national team....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||10||1||0.909|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||7||7||0.500||6th|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||7||6||0.538||6th|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||5||6||0.455||10th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||16||7||0.696||Champions|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||10||7||0.588||4th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||10||5||0.667||3rd|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||14||3||0.824||Runner-up|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||9||8||0.529||5th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||3||7||0.300||9th|