PBA to play PH Cup Finals game in Lucena

MANILA, Philippines – The PBA is set to play one finals game outside of Metro Manila for the 2016 PBA Philippine Cup, the league announced on its official website Tuesday night, January 5.

Either Game 2 or Game 3 of the ongoing all-Filipino conference finals will be held at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena, Quezon, where Talk 'N Text and Star also played for an elimination round game this conference just last November.

"To play a finals game in Lucena has long been a request of Governor (Danilo) Suarez," PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial was quoted as saying in Filipino. "Fans in Lucena are very excited already."

This will mark the 9th time the PBA, which is also eyeing more overseas games this year, will mount a finals game outside of the Philippine capital.

The semifinals series has only just started with the Globalport Batang Pier and the Alaska Aces playing Game 2 of their best-of-7 series Wednesday, January 6, 7 pm at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The other semis match-up between the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and the San Miguel Beermen resumes for Game 2 on Thursday, January 7, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. (SCHEDULE: 2016 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals– Rappler.com