Only 8 teams advance to quarterfinals as PBA tweaks format for PH Cup

first_imgPhilippine Cup. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEvery game matters, especially for the upcoming 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.From the usual 10 slots in the past All-Filipino conferences, only the top eight teams will progress to the quarterfinals this time, making every assignment all the more important.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson The full schedule was released by the league on Friday.The squads will still go through a single-round elimination, with the top two finishers claiming twice-to-beat advantages against the seventh and eighth teams in their quarterfinal duels. The middle teams, meanwhile, will engage in a best-of-three series with the winners progressing to the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe semifinals and the Finals will still be played in a best-of-7 series.Five out-of-town venues have also been scheduled, with the league holding Saturday playdates in Ilo-ilo City, Legazpi in Albay, Calasiao in Pangasinan, Dumaguete City, and Cagayan de Oro City. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LeBron’s stats ‘probably ahead’ of Michael Jordan’s, says Scottie Pippen Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ View comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Smart Araneta Coliseum, Mall of Asia Arena, and Ynares Center in Antipolo will still serve as the main venues for the season opener of 43rd season, with Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan and Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay also hosting a handful of games.The Christmas games between GlobalPort and NLEX and the Manila Clasico tussle between Ginebra and Magnolia will be held at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.The 43rd PBA season opens this Sunday at the Big Dome, where defending champion San Miguel opens its four-peat bid against retooled Phoenix at 6:30 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img