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2023 FIBA World Cup

Bay Area debut, Guiao vs NLEX, Ayo vs Cone headline PBA Comm’s Cup opening week


Stacked will be the opening week for the 2022 PBA Commissioner’s Cup which fires off on Wednesday, September 21 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Opening the tournament will be guest team Bay Area taking on Blackwater in a supposed match-up in League 75.

On Friday, Aldin Ayo will make his PBA debut as Converge takes on Terrafirma at Philsports Arena.

The second game though will be the blockbuster as Yeng Guiao faces his former team NLEX. Ironically, ULTRA was the same venue that hosted Guiao’s first meeting with Rain or Shine when he left them back in 2016.

Opening week will be capped by Ayo’s first meeting against Ginebra head coach Tim Cone. The game takes place on Sunday at SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The PBA will revert back to its old format of having four playing days, which are Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Four venues will host the elimination round, namely SMART Araneta Coliseum (11 game days), SM Mall of Asia Arena (five), Ynares Center (six), and PhilSports Arena (17).

The protagonists of the Philippine Cup Finals will make their conference debuts on October 5 with San Miguel facing Blackwater and TNT squaring off against Magnolia.

Both the schedules of the Dragons, the Beermen, and Tropang Giga are also adjusted to the EASL.

Ginebra, San Miguel, and TNT will also not compete in Week 8 of the elims to accommodate Window 5 of the FIBA World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers.

Manila Clasico, meanwhile, will be played on October 23 at MOA Arena.

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The elimination round is scheduled to end on November 27 with Magnolia facing Meralco and Northport taking on Ginebra at PhilSports Arena.

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