PBA 2016: League set to hold first out-of-town Philippine Cup Finals game in four years

PBA 2016: League set to hold first out-of-town Philippine Cup Finals game in four years

Marcio Lassiter2 (1)The PBA has announced on Tuesday that it will hold one game of the Philippine Cup Finals at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City, Quezon – a first for Asia’s oldest pay-for-pay league in four years.

As of posting, Alaska may book the first seat into the best-of-seven series should they prevail over Globalport in Game 5 on Tuesday, while Rain or Shine and San Miguel are leveled at two games apiece in their race-to-two encounter, with Game 5 set on January 13.

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The city will host the game on January 22. Should both series extend beyond January 15, Game 1 will be held on January 19 at the Araneta Coliseum, while Game 2 will be held in Lucena City.

Should either one of the series extend beyond Friday, however, the best-of-seven Finals series will start on Sunday, January 17 at The Big Dome and the out-of-town matchup in Game 3.

Additionally, the league will have either Game 3 or Game 4 on Sunday, January 24, at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

tnt-star-lucena-pba-imagesThis will be the second time that the league is visiting the seat of Quezon province in the 2015-16 PBA Philippine Cup, as TNT and Star played to a sold-out crowd last November. TNT won, 91-86.

It marks the first time that the league will play an out-of-town game in the best-of-seven Finals affair since Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters and the now-defunct Powerade Tigers clashed in Game 1 of the 2012 PBA Philippine Cup finals. Talk ‘N Text won 116-100.

This is the eighth location outside Metro Manila that the PBA has held a Finals game. Other cities that held a PBA Finals game include Cebu City; Ormoc, Leyte; Laoag, Ilocos Norte; Urdaneta, Pangasinan; Victorias City, Negros Occidental; Puerto Princesa, Palawan; and Tubod, Lanao del Norte.

Photo courtesy: PBA Images