PBA retains format for 43rd season


Barangay Ginebra takes a moment to regroup during Game 7 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals at the Philippine Arena. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) on Monday announced that it will retain the same calendar that it used in the past season, which culminated in the Governors’ Cup finale being played in front of a record crowd at the Philippine Arena.

The PBA is also implementing the same format used last season, which saw San Miguel Beer emerge as champions in the Philippine Cup and the Commissioner’s Cup, and Ginebra successfully defend its title in the Governors’ Cup.

This measure was resolved during the last PBA regular board meeting in Manila.

Moreover, the same height limits for imports were set: 6-foot-10 in the Commissioner’s Cup, and 6-foot-5 in the Governors’ Cup.

This paves the way for the likely return of topnotch imports Justin Brownlee, Charles Rhodes, Ricardo Ratlifee, and Allen Durham in the PBA’s 43rd season.

The season starts on December 17.

All three tournaments feature a single round robin elimination phase, with the eight best teams advancing to the playoffs. Thus, each team will play a minimum of 33 games in the season.

In the All Filipino and the Commissioner’s Cup, the two teams will gain a twice-to-beat advantage against the bottom two teams in the quarterfinals. The four middle teams, meanwhile, figure in a pair of best-of-three quarterfinal series.

In the Governors’ Cup, the top four teams will all enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals against the next four. The No. 1 seed will play the No. 8 seed, the No. 2 seed will be up against the No. 7 seed, the No. 3 seed takes on the No. 6 seed, and the No. 4 seed play the No. 5 seed.

The Gin Kings are expected to field Brownlee in the Commissioner’s Cup and the Governors’ Cup, as they did in the 42nd season.

Meanwhile, San Miguel and Star are likely to bring back Rhodes and Ratliffe, respectively, while Meralco could lean on Durham again in the Governors’ Cup.

Rhodes was the Best Import in the Commissioner’s Cup, and Durham took top honors in the Governors’ Cup.

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