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The Noob's Guide to the PBA Governors' Cup Finals

By Ivan Saldajeno

THE rematch is on!

Ginebra and Meralco are once again the protagonists in the PBA Governors' Cup Finals which begin on Friday at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena.

For those who are still new to the league, here are some things you need to know about this budding rivalry.

Repeat or revenge?

As aforementioned, this is a rematch of last year's finals, which was decided by a Justin Brownlee three at the buzzer that ended the Barangay's eight-year wait for a PBA title.

The Bolts, however, will parade an intact core with the addition of Ranidel De Ocampo, which could help them finally take all the marbles in their second try.

Can RDO "hold the door"?

Speaking of De Ocampo, fans and even some reporters have given him a lot of monikers yet there's no one that he can stick on to.

One wacky suggestion was "Hodor" in reference to the mute Game of Thrones character. We would know that Hodor actually means "Hold the door."

Seriously, though, De Ocampo could be the one that will show Meralco the door to the championship, that is, he could be the game changer.

How about (at most) 4?

As mentioned above, Game 1 will be in Lucena, but if possible, a maximum of four games could be held outside Metro Manila.

Games 5-7, if necessary, will happen at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue.

If a Game 5 ensues, Meralco will be the sixth PBA team to play at the young yet already iconic venue.

The development is a testament to the the continuous outreach of the PBA out of town.

Games 2-4 will be at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

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