DESPITE the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Summit here this week, sports will remain bustling with activity.
While the event caused the cancellation of several flights to and from Manila and prompted the government to declare non-working holidays, several sports events, both local and international, will go on as scheduled on ‘APEC week’ which Filipino fans can watch at the venue - if they can endure the traffic - or in the comfort of their homes.
PBA in Binan
Due to the APEC Summit, the PBA deemed it best to bring the games outside Metro Manila with a featured doubleheader on Tuesday at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna.
Barangay Ginebra banners the twinbill as it plays winless Meralco, while Barako Bull faces Mahindra in the curtain raiser of a double-header that was shelved after Typhoon Lando forced the league to call off its 41st season opener.
The Kings are coming off a 100-82 rout at the hands of sister-team San Miguel Beer on Saturday. They will be looking to win their first game on local soil – their lone victory in the Smart Bro-Philippine Cup was registered in Dubai – at the expense of the Bolts, the only team which has yet to break into the win column.
Final game day of the UAAP Season 78 elimination round
Unlike the PBA, the UAAP will be played in the metropolis, at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum to be exact, with the final doubleheader of the regular season taking place on Wednesday.
The match-up between De La Salle and Far Eastern University is of utmost important.
The Green Archers (6-7 win-loss) need of a win over the Tamaraws to secure a playoff for the No. 4 spot in the semifinals against National University, which finished the eliminations with a 7-7 record.
The Tamaraws have already secured the No. 2 spot - and a twice-to-beat edge over No. 3 Ateneo in the Final Four - and will have nothing to play for but pride in their final elimination-round game.
For the couch potato, the NBA offers a number of exciting games, with the matches between the Pelicans-Thunder and Bulls-Suns as among the must-sees.
Even though the Pelicans are at the bottom of the Western Conference, rising star Anthony Davis is a joy to watch and his match-up against the Oklahoma City tandem of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will be shown on FOX Sports.
Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose takes on the explosive Phoenix Suns guards Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight in another game to be featured on NBA Premium.
Philippine Super Liga semifinals
Volleyball fans can head over to The Arena in San Juan on Thursday as the Philippine Superliga semifinals gets underway.
Petron and Philips Gold are the semis favorites as the two teams dispute the No. 1 spot as of posting time, with Foton and Cignal looking to score an upset against their higher-seeded foes.
Golden State vs. LA Clippers
The two rivals meet again in an explosive Western Conference showdown at the Staples Center, with the game to be shown on free TV (ABS-CBN Sports+Action) and cable (Basketball TV and NBA Premium).
The two teams obviously don'y each other. Enough said.
PBA at Araneta
The PBA returns to the metropolis on Friday at the Big Dome. Streaking Globalport takes on Alaska in the first meeting between popular Gilas Pilipinas stalwarts Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva. The second game features Talk ‘N Text against NLEX.