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durden_tyler
02-24-2009, 11:53 PM
THE Philippine Basketball Association returns to the inter-intra format for the season-ending 2009 Motolite Fiesta Conference which formally kicks off next week in Dumaguete City with a game between Burger King and Sta. Lucia.

Newly-crowned Philippine Cup champion Talk `N Text banners Group B while runner-up Alaska is in Group A, whose classification and the rest of the eight teams were based on their respective rankings in the eliminations of the just concluded first conference.

Joining the Aces in Group A are Rain or Shine, Sta. Lucia, Burger King and Coca-Cola, while with the Tropang Texters at the other end include San Miguel, Purefoods, Barako Bull and defending champion Barangay Ginebra.

Teams in their respective groups play each other once while meeting twice those belonging from the other group for a total of 14 games each during the elimination phase from February 28 to May 20.

The top two teams after the elims advance to the semis outright, while the rest play in the wildcard stage (May 22-27).

In the playoffs, the No. 3 and 4 teams enjoy a twice-to-beat edge over Nos. 10 and 9, respectively, while the remaining squads (No. 5 against No. 8 and No. 6 versus No. 7) figure in a do-or-die duel, with the four survivors gaining berths in the quarterfinals slated for May 29 June 3.

The quarterfinal phase will be a best-of-three series pitting the wildcard 1 winner opposite wildcard 4, and wildcard 2 playing wildcard 3. The teams emerging victorious enter the best-of-seven semifinals.

Set from June 5 19, the Final Four will have the top seeded team facing the two quarterfinal winners for the right to play in the best-of-seven Finals.

The championship series is set June 21 to July 5.

Included in the conference calendar is a long two-week break from March 29 to April 11 to give way for the Holy Week and the RP men's basketball team's campaign in the South East Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) qualifying tournament for the FIBA-Asia championship.

Two weeks after that, the league takes another respite for the staging of the PBA All-Star Week that will feature PBA Team Pilipinas going up against the North and South selections reinforced with imports.

From that pba.ph article here's how the groupings look like:

Group A:
Alaska
Rain or Shine
Sta. Lucia
Burger King
Coca Cola

Group B:
Talk N Text
San Miguel
Purefoods
Barako Bull
Barangay Ginebra

According to the format, the team from one group battles their 'mates once while having a date twice against the other. Meaning in a shorter elims the luck of the draw (in this case the luck of the placings from the previous conference's placing) plays a major role in the seedings leading up to the playoff round.

On paper, it looks like Group B is the stronger bunch with current All Flip champs Texters in there and the (usual) powerhouse Beermen and (new) powerhouse Giants. Also in this group will be the Kings, which for all intents and purposes should be considered contenders because after all they are the defending champions. Barako Bull is obviously the only weak link.

On the other hand, the other group features losing finalists Aces, the overachievers from last conference--- Elasto Painters, the rather inconsistent but still strong Realtors, newly revamped Burger King and the Tigers.

To note is the fact the PBA changed their schedule (sacrificing around 40 games) to give way to the RP Team's campaign in the SEABA. And if approved, the All Star Week will be RP Team-flavored as well.

Which teams will rise to the occasion? Considering that it is a shorter season, which teams will take advantage of the grouping and new format? The playoffs should be more interesting--- and replete with upsets--- because the bottom 8 teams will still be in the running whatever the record is. Add the fact that there are still (better) import replacements waiting on the wings--- and that could spell a change in momentum for any given team.

Personally, i am excited to see what kind of imports we will have this year (Yes, i agree the 6 foot 6 rule is stupid) but that means there could be the Lamont Strothers, Kenny Travis, Tony Harris explosive kind of reinforcements, and i kind of miss those times.

jesronne
03-03-2009, 10:56 AM
and the old man barrios is putting back the hand check rule which for me will just consume a lot of time and make the game boring with lots of free throws... why put and old man to the PBA commissioner... parang "TRAPO" kung sa politics pah

durden_tyler
03-03-2009, 11:21 AM
Two-fold really, it might slow down the game (because of ticky-tacky fouls) or speed it up and increase scoring (since the defense will not choose to risk that hand in there)

This protects really the offensive players (Think Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant and the likes...) We will see how the defensive players adjust.

leonidas
07-23-2009, 08:20 AM
hello...