04:37 PM July 25, 2013

What better way to open the 2013 PBA Governors’ Cup than to have the two teams which battled to a seven-game Finals classic last year go at each other again?


Rain or Shine starts its title defense on opening night August 14, Wednesday, at the Mall of Asia Arena when it takes on archrival San Mig Coffee at 7:30 p.m. Arizona Reid, a former Best Import awardee, will lead the Elasto Painters’ charge against the Mixers, who will have the high-leaping Marqus Blakely back for another tour of duty.

This highly-anticipated grudge match will dome after the 5:15 p.m. encounter between the Air21 Express and GlobalPort Batang Pier.


On August 16,Friday, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Talk n Text goes up against Barako Bull in the 5:15 p.m. curtainraiser, while Meralco tests new head coach Gee Abanilla and his Petron Blaze Boosters at 7:30 p.m.

The league motors up to the Ynares Center in Antipolo City for the doubleheader featuring GlobalPort – Rain or Shine at 3:45 p.m. and San Mig Coffee vs Air21 at 6:00 p.m.

Crowd darling Barangay Ginebra San Miguel debuts against Petron Blaze at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, August 18, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum after the 4:15 p.m. battle between Barako Bull and Meralco.

Commissioner’s Cup champion Alaska gets its first taste of Governors Cup action when it tangles with the Tropang Texters on August 21, Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m.

The 10 teams play a single-round eliminations, after which the two teams at the bottom of the standings are eliminated.

In the quarterfinals, the No. 1 team in the eliminations will play the No. 8 team, No. 2 vs No. 7, No. 3 vs No. 6 and No. 4 vs No. 5, with the top four seeds having the twice-to-beat advantage.

The winners then meet in a best-of-five semifinals.


The last two survivors then clash in a best-of-seven Finals. (JL)

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