Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


PBA postpones games until further notice

PAMPANGA — The PBA has postponed its games beginning Friday, Oct. 30, as it continues to deal with the crippling effects of a COVID-19 scare inside its bubble mounted at the Clark Freeport Zone.

The league said that it is complying with the recommendation of the IATF-EID Technical Working Group and the DOH Advisory Group of Experts to ensure the integrity and safety of the bubble.

Games will not move forward “until the new protocols proposed by the IATF and DOH are out in place,” the league added.

Practices have also been suspended, although activities inside the hotel such as swimming, gym, billiards, jogging, and walking may proceed.

It was supposed to be an action-packed double-header Friday. Defending, five-time Philippine Cup champions San Miguel Beer would have taken on favorites Barangay Ginebra in a titanic clash at 6:45 p.m.

Raising the curtains at 4:00 p.m., on the other hand, should have been perennial contenders Magnolia Hotshots taking on Christian Standhardinger and the ever-gutsy NorthPort Batang Pier.

Prior to this, the league had cancelled three games. Two involved Blackwater Elite, who had a player initially test positive for the virus although he has been declared negative already following re-tests.

The Elite had their games versus Rain or Shine and Magnolia called off. They have only played five games so far this conference, having won twice.

Now, it remains to be seen how this would affect the league’s schedule moving forward. The Philippine Cup eliminations are scheduled to end on Nov. 11, and the projected season finish is by the second week of December.

#ReadMore  Phoenix weathers Blackwater's furious rally for first win

At present, the TNT Tropang Giga sit atop the standings with a 5-1 card, followed by the Elasto Painters (4-2); the Gin Kings (4-2); and the Beermen (4-2). Terrafirma remains the only winless team in the meet at 0-5.

Written By

Oftentimes on the sidelines. Forever a student of the game. Morayta-bred.

You May Also Like


CJ Perez acknowledges that he never had it easy in the recent PBA Season 48 Philippine Cup Finals that saw his San Miguel lose...


Bong Quinto was just 12 when he first watched a PBA game live and that made him dream of becoming a champion in the...


It couldn’t get any sweeter for Chris Banchero as he finally won his maiden PBA title against the same team that foiled his bid...


June Mar Fajardo has hit clutch shots in the past and the one he made in Game 6 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals...


Raymond Almazan bagged his second PBA championship on Sunday night and it felt as sweet as the first that he copped eight years ago....


It may only be a lucky shot for others, but Chris Newsome believed that he could pull it out of his arsenal when needed...


Nenad Vučinić wasn’t supposed to be with Meralco, let alone become a PBA champion coach. But fate had other plans for him. “I felt...


In a culmination of a nine-year odyssey, Chris Newsome claimed the PBA Finals MVP trophy after propelling the Meralco Bolts to their first-ever championship...