The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) restart is going to be a hectic one as each team is going to play two to three times every week when the Philippine Cup tips off this Sunday, October 11, at the Angeles University Foundation gym in Pampanga.
Deputy league commissioner Eric Castro said they had to go with a compressed schedule to finish the league’s only conference this year by December.
“Araw-araw ang games natin. We're looking at around two to three games per week, and then max na siguro yung four times a week,” said Castro during his appearance on the web forum of the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA).
“We have scheduled games more or less, every other day. So there are no back-to-back games for all the teams. That's what we're trying to avoid. May laro ka ng Monday, so probably you're next game will be either Wednesday or Thursday,” added Castro.
The PBA restart commences with a doubleheader on Sunday that will feature crowd favorites Barangay Ginebra and NLEX at 6:45 p.m. The curtain-raising game will see Alaska taking on TnT Tropang Giga at 4 p.m.
A whopping 66 games will be played in the elimination round, which is expected to conclude on November 11. Afterwards, the playoffs and the Finals will ensue with the PBA looking to crown a champion by the second week of December.
The semifinals will be a best-of-five affair while the finals will remain a best-of-seven. (JNP)