The PBA has just released the remainder of the schedule for the elimination round of the 2017 Governors’ Cup.
While the league has decided to eventually push through with the classification phase of the season-ending conference despite overlapping with the schedule of the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup (August 8-20) and 2017 SEA Games (August 20-26), a closer look would reveal that some teams got the better end of the deal and undue advantage in the race for the 8 playoff spots.
Earlier, Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes named the 24-man pool for the FIBA Asia Cup. The list is led by veterans Jayson Castro, Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, June Mar Fajardo and Andray Blatche. Also included are mainstays Calvin Abueva, Terrence Romeo and Troy Rosario.
Gilas cadets Roger Pogoy, Mike Tolomia, Jio Jalalon, Carl Bryan Cruz, Kevin Ferrer, Mac Belo, and Matthew Wright are also part of the pool.
Rounding up the list are Allein Maliksi, Raymond Almazan, Norbert Torres, Kevin Alas, Baser Amer, Keifer Ravena, Kobe Paras, Bobby Ray Parks and Fil-German Christian Standhardinger.
Meanwhile, Parks, Ravena, Paras, Standhardinger, Rosario, Amer, Tolomia, Ferrer, Cruz together with Von Pessumal, Almond Vosotros and Raymar Jose are the Final 12 that will represent the country in the SEA Games meet in Malaysia.
With cadets making up majority of the team for the SEA Games, the veterans will take center stage in the FIBA Asia Cup.
With the FIBA event scheduled for August 8 to 20, some of the veterans will, needless to say, miss some of the games of their mother teams. Well, this would seem okay if the teams would miss their players for the same amount of games. However, a closer look at the schedule would reveal otherwise.
SMC teams – Brgy. Ginebra, San Miguel and Star, along with Alaska, don’t have games from August 8 to 20. While Rain or Shine and GlobalPort have three each and TNT with one.
With the event scheduled on August 8, players for sure won’t be available for their teams by August 6.
GlobalPort will play without Romeo against Meralco (August 6), NLEX (August 13) and KIA (August 20).
Rain or Shine will miss the services Norwood and Almazan during its games against Blackwater (August 6), KIA (August 13) and TNT (August 20).
TNT will be without Castro and Pogoy against Rain or Shine on August 20.
We don’t know how the PBA arrived at this schedule and what was their basis for coming up with such but this obviously is unfair for some teams – namely GlobalPort and Rain or Shine. These 2 teams will miss their players for 3 games while Star, San Miguel, Brgy. Ginebra and Alaska were spared from missing theirs.
Of course, as with any other questionable and mysterious decisions by league, there won’t be any explanations from them on how or why this was arrived about.
Well, this type of action would only be to their disadvantage.
The more questions they leave unanswered, the less fans show up at the venue to watch the games live. – Ronald Agbada