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Four non-Mega Manila cities to host PBA Comm Cup games

Phoenix, formerly known as Barako Bull, and Alaska clash in the first out-of-town game of the PBA Commissioner's Cup on March 5. PBA (file photo)

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--The cities of Legazpi, Panabo, Davao, and Puerto Princesa will get to see some PBA action as they will host one PBA Commissioner's Cup game each as the complete schedule was released on Tuesday.

The Albay capital will first hold an out-of-town match-up on March 5 with reigning Philippine Cup champion San Miguel facing Meralco.

On March 19, Ginebra and Phoenix will clash at Davao Del Norte's second largest city even as Star and Alaska will take their basketball prowess to Davao City on April 2.

The capital city of Palawan will be the last stop of the PBA On Tour series as Mahindra will take on Talk 'n Text on April 9.

Meanwhile, some venue adjustments were made for the Feb. 19 and 20 games.

The Feb. 19 doubleheader that features the Alaska-Blackwater and the Talk 'n Text-GlobalPort games will take place at the Mall of Asia Arena. The initial schedule release did not specify the venue of the said games as the league was still making arrangements with the arena managers at that time.

On the other hand, the Feb. 20 twinbill, which will have the Mahindra-San Miguel and the NLEX-Star battles, supposed to take place at the Smart Araneta Coliseum will now be played at the Alonte Sports Center.

Aside from the BiƱan court, the Ynares Center and the Cuneta Astrodome were also tagged to host some other Mega Manila matches.

The Antipolo venue will stage a doubleheader on March 2 with Blackwater battling San Miguel at 4:15 p.m. and Mahindra colliding with Ginebra at 7 p.m.

Then it will be the Astrodome's turn to hold its own PBA two-game card on March 12 as Star and Phoenix lock horns at 3 p.m. and Alaska and GlobalPort fight at 5:15 p.m.

The PhilSports Arena will stage another twinbill aside from the initially announced Feb. 13 playdate as NLEX and Talk 'n Text face off at 3 p.m. and Blackwater and Ginebra meet at 5:15 p.m. of March 13.

In commemoration of Holy Week, the PBA will not stage doubleheaders on March 23 and 25, but a rare Monday mayhem will happen on March 21 with Alaska going up against NLEX at 4:15 p.m., and Talk 'n Text taking on Rain Or Shine at 7 p.m.

The elimination round of the mid-season conference featuring imports 6-9 and below will run until April 15.

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