2004 PBA Fiesta Conference

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2004 PBA Fiesta Conference
Duration February 22 - July 7, 2004
TV partner/s ABC
Finals
Champions Barangay Ginebra Kings
  runners-up Red Bull Barako
Awards
Best Player Eric Menk (Barangay Ginebra)
Best Import Victor Thomas (Red Bull)
Finals MVP Eric Menk (Barangay Ginebra)
Fiesta Conference

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The 2004 PBA Fiesta Conference, or known as the 2004 Gran Matador Brandy-PBA Fiesta Conference for sponsorship reasons, was tournament held by the Philippine Basketball Association and the first ever edition of the PBA Fiesta Conference.

Prior to the formation of the said conference, the league had two import-laced conferences known as the PBA Commissioner's Cup (with an import height-limit of 6-8), and the PBA Governor's Cup (with an import height-limit of 6-4). However, in 2003, the two conferences were scrapped and was replaced with an Invitational tournament, with an All-Filipino local squad along with foreign teams) and an import-laced Reinforced Conference.

But, in 2004, the league changed its calendar from a calendar year to a fiscal year. As a preparation for the new format, the tournament was institutionalized in 2004 as a transitional tournament. The first Fiesta Conference was played from February–July 2004.

Opening ceremonies[edit]

The muses for the participating teams are as follows:

Team Muse
Alaska Aces Iya Villania
Barangay Ginebra Kings Belinda Bright and Maricar de Mesa
Coca-Cola Tigers Iza Calzado
FedEx Express Katarina Perez
Purefoods TJ Hotdogs Jennylyn Mercado
Red Bull Barako
San Miguel Beermen Jenny Manuel
Shell Turbo Chargers Michelle Estevez
Sta. Lucia Realtors
Talk 'N Text Phone Pals Nancy Castiglione

2004 PBA All-Star Game[edit]

The league held its All-Star Weekend in August 2004 at the jam packed New Cebu City Coliseum, with the revived North vs South All-Stars format. The South All-Stars defeated the Northern selection 130-128, in a closely fought contest. Asi Taulava and Jimmy Alapag were named co-MVP of the All-Star Game.

Elimination round[edit]

Qualified for quarterfinals
Qualified for wildcards
# Team W L GB PCT PD
1 San Miguel Beermen 16 2 -- .889
2 Alaska Aces 12 6 4 .667
3 Coca-Cola Tigers 11 7 5 .611 +4
4 Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 11 7 5 .611 -4
5 Red Bull Barako 10 8 6 .556
6 Sta. Lucia Realtors 8 10 8 .444
7 Barangay Ginebra Kings 7 11 9 .389 +5
8 Shell Turbo Chargers 7 11 9 .389 -5
9 FedEx Express 5 13 11 .278
10 Purefoods TJ Hotdogs 4 14 12 .222

Wildcard phase[edit]

June 5
Purefoods TJ Hotdogs 92, Coca-Cola Tigers 94
June 5
Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 105, FedEx Express 103
June 6
Shell Turbo Chargers 82, Red Bull Barako 83
June 6
Sta. Lucia Realtors 105, Barangay Ginebra Kings 108

Quarterfinals[edit]

Qualified for semifinals

Group A[edit]

# Team W L GB PCT
1 Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 3 0 -- 1.000
2 Red Bull Barako 2 1 1 .667
3 San Miguel Beermen 1 2 2 .333
4 U.S. Pro-Am Selection 0 3 3 .000
June 9
Red Bull Barako 96, San Miguel Beermen 89
June 12
San Miguel Beermen 92, Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 104
June 13
U.S. Pro-Am Selection 91, Red Bull Barako 101
June 16
Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 127, U.S. Pro-Am Selection 115
June 19
Red Bull Barako 115, Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 119
June 20
U.S. Pro-Am Selection 104, San Miguel Beermen 106

Group B[edit]

# Team W L GB PCT
1 Coca-Cola Tigers 3 0 -- 1.000
2 Barangay Ginebra Kings 2 1 1 .667
3 Alaska Aces 1 2 2 .333
4 UBC Thunderbirds 0 3 3 .000
June 9
Barangay Ginebra Kings 80, Alaska Aces 73
June 12
Alaska Aces 76, Coca-Cola Tigers 92
June 13
UBC Thunderbirds 79, Barangay Ginebra Kings 110
June 16
Coca-Cola Tigers 110, UBC Thunderbirds 95
June 19
Barangay Ginebra Kings 90, Coca-Cola Tigers 91
June 20
UBC Thunderbirds 70, Alaska Aces 90

Two guest teams participated in the tournament, the University of British Columbia men's basketball team and the US Pro-Am Selection. Both never won a single game in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

Bracket[edit]

Semifinals (original seed)
(Best-of-3)
Finals
(Best-of-5)
           
A1 Talk 'N Text (4) 1
B2 Barangay Ginebra (7) 2
A2 Barangay Ginebra (7) 3
B2 Red Bull (5) 1
B1 Coca-Cola (3) 1
A2 Red Bull (5) 2


Semifinals[edit]

Talk 'N Text–Barangay Ginebra series[edit]

June 23
Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 95, Barangay Ginebra Kings 100
June 25
Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 116, Barangay Ginebra Kings 106
June 27
Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 103, Barangay Ginebra Kings 111
Barangay Ginebra wins series, 2–1

Coca-Cola–Red Bull series[edit]

June 23
Coca-Cola Tigers 91, Red Bull Barako 87
June 25
Coca-Cola Tigers 88, Red Bull Barako 95
June 27
Coca-Cola Tigers 91, Red Bull Barako 101
Red Bull wins series, 2–1

Third-place playoff[edit]

June 30
Coca-Cola Tigers 104, Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 113

Finals[edit]

June 30
Red Bull Barako 92, Barangay Ginebra Kings 94
July 2
Red Bull Barako 107, Barangay Ginebra Kings 103
July 4
Red Bull Barako 84, Barangay Ginebra Kings 94
July 7
Red Bull Barako 86, Barangay Ginebra Kings 103
Barangay Ginebra wins series, 3–1

The Barangay Ginebra Kings ended their seven-year title drought with a 3-1 series victory over Red Bull Barako in the Finals.

Awards[edit]

Eric Menk of Barangay Ginebra was named the Best Player of the Conference while Red Bull's Victor Thomas is the conference Best Import.

Broadcast notes[edit]

Game Play-by-play Analyst
Game 1
Game 2
Game 3
Game 4 Mico Halili TJ Manotoc

References[edit]

  • PBA Fiesta Conference reels off. [1]
  • It's Barakos against Kings for Fiesta title. [2]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2003 PBA season
PBA seasons
Transitional conference
Succeeded by
2004-05 PBA season
Preceded by
2003 PBA Reinforced Conference
PBA conferences
2004
Succeeded by
2004-05 PBA Philippine Cup