Philippines’ premier basketball league is finally back after almost two months of break. The 2017-18 PBA Philippine Cup will officially open on December 17, 2017 geared with its familiar elite players along with new ones.
Just like last year, the San Miguel Beermen are scheduled after the opening ceremonies but this time they will be facing the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters.
The Beermen were just one championship short in 42nd season to complete the elusive Grand Slam. Also, they’re the defending champion of this conference.
The Fuel Masters was seen several times last season started a winning streak only to lose gas at the end of the elimination round. This 2017-18 Philippine Cup, Phoenix will be coached by another veteran Louie Alas.
Also, just like last year, December 25 or on Christmas Day will feature Manila Clasico. It will also mark as the first game of crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra San Miguel against their arch-rival Magnolia Hotshots (previously known as the Star Hotshots).
This will be also the second time that the original Purefoods franchise will use an ice cream brand as their moniker.
The other was the Coney Island Ice Cream Stars during the reign of Alvin Patrimonio back in the 90s.
As many of us already aware, Christian Standhardinger the number one pick of this year’s draft won’t be available in the All-Filipino conference due to his commitment to play with the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions in ASEAN Basketball League.
However, “the Phenom” Kiefer Ravena will be much available and ready to play under coach Yeng Guiao in NLEX Road Warriors.
NLEX is one of the teams that might turn everyone’s head this conference considering how they have finished the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.
Below is the partial schedule of the 2017-18 PBA Philippine Cup elimination round.
Here’s the official tweet from PBA twitter account.
— PBA (@pbaconnect) December 6, 2017
|December 17, 2017||Opening Ceremonies||4:00 PM||Araneta Coliseum|
|December 17, 2017||San Miguel Beermen vs Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters||6:45 PM||Araneta Coliseum|
|December 20, 2017||Kia Picanto vs NLEX Road Warriors||4:15 PM||San Juan Arena|
|December 20, 2017||Magnolia Hotshots vs Alaska Aces||7:00 PM||San Juan Arena|
|December 22, 2017||Blackwater Elite vs Meralco Bolts||4:15 PM||Cuneta Astrodome|
|December 22, 2017||Rain or Shine Elasto Painters vs Talk 'N Text KaTropa Texters||7:00 PM||Cuneta Astrodome|
|December 25, 2017||NLEX Road Warriors vs GlobalPort Batang Pier||3:00 PM||Philippine Arena|
|December 25, 2017||Barangay Ginebra San Miguel vs Magnolia Hotshots||5:15 PM||Philippine Arena|
|December 27, 2017||Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters vs Kia Picanto||4:15 PM||Araneta Coliseum|
|December 27, 2017||Meralco Bolts vs San Miguel Beermen||7:00 PM||Araneta Coliseum|
|December 29, 2017||Blackwater Elite vs Rain or Shine Elasto Painters||4:15 PM||Cuneta Astrodome|
|December 29, 2017||Talk 'N Text KaTropa Texters vs Alaska Aces||7:00 PM||Cuneta Astrodome|