2007–08 PBA Philippine Cup

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2007-08 PBA Philippine Cup
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Duration October 14, 2007 - March 2, 2008
TV partner/s ABC (Local)
The Filipino Channel (International)
Finals
Champions Sta. Lucia Realtors
  runners-up Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants
Awards
Best Player Kelly Williams (Sta. Lucia)
Finals MVP Dennis Espino (Sta. Lucia)
Philippine Cup
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The 2007-08 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup or known as the 2007-08 Smart PBA Philippine Cup for sponsorship reasons, is the first conference of the 2007-08 PBA season. The tournament was formally opened on October 14, 2007 and ended on March 2, 2008. The tournament is an All-Filipino format, which doesn't require an import or a pure-foreign player for each team.

The winner will receive the Jun Bernardino Trophy. The Sta. Lucia Realtors needed the maximum seven games to defeat the #1 seed Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants to win their first All-Filipino conference championship.

Format[edit]

The following format will be observed for the duration of the conference:[1]

  • Double-round robin eliminations; 18 games per team; Teams are then seeded by basis on win-loss records. Ties are broken among points differences of the tied teams or by classification games.
  • #10 team will be eliminated
  • Teams seeded #6, #7, #8 and #9 play in a single-elimination tournament to determine the wildcard qualifier:
    • #6 vs. #9 teams
    • #7 vs. #8 teams
    • Winners of the first round meet each other to determine the wildcard winner
  • #3, #4 and #5 teams automatically advance to the best-of-3 quarterfinals:
    • #3 team vs. winner of wildcard playoffs
    • #4 vs. #5 teams
  • #1 and #2 teams automatically advance to the best-of-7 semifinals:
    • Winner of first quarterfinal vs. #1
    • Winner of second quarterfinal vs. #2
  • The winners in the semifinals advance to the best-of-7 Finals. The losers dispute the third-place trophy in a one-game playoff.

Elimination round[edit]

Team standings[edit]

Qualified for semifinals
Qualified for quarterfinals
Qualified for wildcards
Eliminated
# Team W L PCT GB Ties
1 Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants 12 6 .667 -- +10
2 Sta. Lucia Realtors 12 6 .667 -- -10
3 Alaska Aces 11 7 .611 1 +29
4 Red Bull Barako 11 7 .611 1 -29
5 Magnolia Beverage Masters 10 8 .556 2
6 Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 9 9 .500 3
7 Barangay Ginebra Kings 8 10 .444 4
8 Air21 Express 7 11 .389 5 +16
9 Coca-Cola Tigers 7 11 .389 5 -16
10 Welcoat Dragons 3 15 .167 9

Legend: GB = games behind; PCT = winning percentage.

Schedule[edit]

Win
Loss
OT win
OT loss
Team Game number
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Air21 MBM ALA RBB Coke SLR PF BGK TNT RBB WEL BGK ALA PF TNT Coke MBM WEL SLR
Alaska TNT A21 Coke BGK WEL MBM RBB PF WEL Coke BGK SLR A21 SLR MBM RBB TNT PF
Brgy. Ginebra RBB TNT WEL ALA PF SLR A21 MBM Coke WEL ALA A21 SLR MBM Coke PF RBB TNT
Coca-Cola WEL ALA MBM A21 PF SLR TNT BGK ALA SLR RBB MBM WEL BGK A21 PF RBB TNT
Magnolia A21 SLR PF Coke TNT ALA WEL BGK RBB PF TNT RBB Coke BGK ALA A21 SLR WEL
Purefoods SLR TNT MBM WEL BGK Coke A21 RBB ALA SLR MBM TNT WEL A21 BGK Coke ALA RBB
Red Bull BGK WEL A21 SLR TNT ALA PF MBM TNT A21 Coke MBM SLR WEL ALA BGK Coke PF
Sta. Lucia PF MBM TNT RBB A21 BGK Coke WEL PF Coke ALA BGK RBB ALA TNT WEL MBM A21
Talk 'N Text ALA PF BGK SLR MBM RBB WEL Coke A21 RBB MBM PF WEL A21 SLR ALA BGK Coke
Welcoat Coke RBB BGK PF ALA TNT MBM SLR ALA BGK A21 PF TNT Coke RBB SLR A21 MBM

Bracket[edit]

Wildcard phase
Knockout games
Quarterfinals
Best of 3 series
Semifinals
Best of 7 series
Philippine Cup Finals
Best of 7 series
                                             
    3  Alaska 2  
    9  Coca-Cola 0  
6  Talk 'N Text 73       3  Alaska 3  
9  Coca-Cola 81       2  Sta. Lucia 4  
  9  Coca-Cola 109       2  Sta. Lucia 4
  8  Air21 102       1  Purefoods 3
7  Brgy. Ginebra 110     1  Purefoods 4
8  Air21 119       4  Red Bull 3      Third-place playoff
  4  Red Bull 2     3  Alaska 104
  5  Magnolia 0     4  Red Bull 125


Wildcard phase[edit]

January 18
Coca-Cola Tigers 81, Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 73
January 18
Air21 Express 119, Barangay Ginebra Kings 110
January 20
Coca-Cola Tigers 109, Air21 Express 102

Coca-Cola and Talk 'N Text met in the first wildcard round, with the two teams making a mid-season trade, with Asi Taulava going to the Tigers while Ali Peek and draft picks going to the Phone Pals. Coke, which had previously denied the Phone Pals of a playoff for the last quarterfinal berth by winning their last elimination round game 2 days earlier, started out strong; the Phone Pals failed to answer to the challenge as they were beaten by the #9 seeds.[2]

Air21 on the other hand faced defending champions Barangay Ginebra Kings, which were decimated by injuries to Billy Mamaril, Mark Caguioa and personal commitments by Rudy Hatfield (Hatfield didn't return) early in the season caused several losses and they had to settle for a wildcard berth. Behind the shooting of team captain Wynne Arboleda, Air21 raced to an early lead. Ginebra cut down the deficit, but while Caguioa was on a fastbreak attempt, Niño Canaleta blocked his shot that virtually ended Ginebra's title defense.[3]

On the final wildcard game, Arboleda wasn't able to sustain his shooting as Taulava and Mark Telan had career games to advance to the quarterfinals to face the Alaska Aces.[4]

Quarterfinals[edit]

Alaska-Coca-Cola series[edit]

Elimination round games: Alaska won both games, 117-106 and 98-94.

January 23
Coca-Cola Tigers 82, Alaska Aces 89
January 25
Coca-Cola Tigers 100, Alaska Aces 110
Alaska wins series, 2–0

Alaska ended Coca-Cola's run as the worst-seeded wildcard winner as they were eliminated by the #3 seed. Reigning Most Valuable Player Willie Miller made short work of the Tigers backcourt as Joachim Thoss overran the potent Coke frontcourt by converting outside shots.

Red Bull-Magnolia series[edit]

Elimination round games: Red Bull won both games, 94-88 and 107-95.

January 23
Magnolia Beverage Masters 104, Red Bull Barako 107
January 25
Magnolia Beverage Masters 94, Red Bull Barako 112
Red Bull wins series, 2–0

Magnolia and Red Bull renewed their playoffs rivalry with Red Bull forcing the upset, as Magnolia was rated as the top team during the preseason, with Red Bull being decimated by one-sided trades (ironically to Magnolia). Cyrus Baguio had a coming-out party as he scored a career-high 31 points to win Game 1 for the Bulls. Junthy Valenzuela outplayed former Red Bull players Lordy Tugade and Enrico Villanueva to sweep the Beverage Masters.

The Bulls now clinch their sixth consecutive semifinals appearance.

Semifinals[edit]

Purefoods-Red Bull series[edit]

Elimination round games: Red Bull won both games, 87-74 and 97-84.

January 27
Red Bull Barako 84, Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants 103
January 30
Red Bull Barako 93, Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants 89
February 1
Red Bull Barako 90, Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants 99
February 3
Red Bull Barako 97, Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants 88 (OT)
February 6
Red Bull Barako 95, Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants 96
February 8
Red Bull Barako 123, Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants 97
February 10
Red Bull Barako 71, Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants 83
Purefoods wins series, 4–3

Purefoods, owing to a couple of weeks' rest blew out Red Bull which had defeated last season's finalists in Game 1.[5] However, Red Bull came back in Game 2 to put up a defensive stand in the fourth quarter to tie the series, 2-2. Team captain Junthy Valenzuela kept the Giants at bay when they were making a run in the final minutes, scoring 2 crucial baskets.[6] Purefoods then did their own pull-away at Game 3, crashing the boards at will; Marc Pingris rebounded a career-high 19 boards.[7]

With a 1-3 series deficit looming, Red Bull again kept a pace with Purefoods in Game 4; however James Yap injured his groin in the first quarter after scoring ten points and didn't return. Purefoods managed to hold-off Red Bull until Cyrus Baguio drove to the basket after a pick-and-roll for an unmolested lay-up to tie the game 86-all. Peter June Simon missed his baseline jumper as time ran out to force overtime. In the extra period, Red Bull made an 11-2 run care of three pointers from Celino Cruz and Francis Adriano to tie the series once again.[8]

After the injury to Yap, Purefoods coach Ryan Gregorio announced prior to Game 5 that Yap would be day-to-day.[9] However, Yap started on Game 5 and Purefoods raced to a 40-17 lead after the first quarter. Red Bull crept up the lead and eventually cut down the lead to two with a minute to go thanks to a trey from Mick Pennisi. In the ensuing possession, Pingris was fouled on the act of shooting; Pingris missed both of his freethrows to give Red Bull another chance. After the time out and with both teams in penalty, Valenzuela was fouled. Valenzuela converted the first but missed the second, which led to a Kerby Raymundo rebound that sealed the win for the Giants.[10]

Needing to win twice in a row to enter the Finals, Red Bull started Game 6 with a 20-1 blast that caught Purefoods flatfooted. The Bulls then cruised on, with Mike Hrabak and Pennisi shooting treys to tie the series for last time, at 3-all.[11] However, Purefoods started out Game 7 strong but the Barakos answered every Giants run to keep pace; however, thanks to misses from the perimeter by Red Bull and Purefoods' transition defense, the Giants were able to clinch their league-leading 12th All-Filipino Cup finals appearance.

Sta. Lucia-Alaska series[edit]

Elimination round games: Sta. Lucia won both games, 94-88 and 101-96.

January 27
Alaska Aces 107, Sta. Lucia Realtors 94
January 30
Alaska Aces 77, Sta. Lucia Realtors 86
February 1
Alaska Aces 82, Sta. Lucia Realtors 91
February 3
Alaska Aces 93, Sta. Lucia Realtors 80
February 6
Alaska Aces 90, Sta. Lucia Realtors 96
February 8
Alaska Aces 106, Sta. Lucia Realtors 87
February 10
Alaska Aces 84, Sta. Lucia Realtors 92
Sta. Lucia wins series, 4–3

Unlike Purefoods which capitalized their long rest, Sta. Lucia had a rusty Game 1 that led to an Alaska blowout.[12] However, Sta. Lucia then had their own blowout game in Game 2 to tie the series.[13] Kelly Williams' dunk at the end of Game 2 was criticized by Alaska coach Tim Cone as a "lack of class".[9]

With her Cebuana mother watching, Williams had a 27-point explosion to pull the Realtors ahead, 2-1.[14] Alaska then turned their offensive game going in Game 4 to tie the series with a 90-83 Game 4 win, leading by as much as 26 points in some stages before the Realtors staged a comeback to cut the lead to two points. Reigning MVP Willie Miller converted three-pointers when the Sta. Lucia came close as he matched Williams' Game 3 output of 27 points to lead all scorers.[15]

The pattern of early blowouts then a furious comeback continued as Sta. Lucia held off Alaska to lead the series, 3-2. Veteran Paolo Mendoza relived his collegiate days as he scored 19 points mostly in the early going. John Ferriols and sophomore Aaron Aban then led another comeback by the Aces to cut down the lead to two. Alaska's Jeffrey Cariaso was ejected from the game after he was assessed with two technical fouls that led to a cold period between the two teams in the final 6 minutes. With the score unchanged, Willie Miller converted a three-point play to tie at 90-all but the Realtors then scored the last 5 points of the game to put them one step closer to their first All-Filipino conference Finals stint.[16]

Like Red Bull, Alaska blew out their Game 6, with Miller and Tony dela Cruz each scoring more 20 points with 4 others reaching double figures.[17] However, like Red Bull, they were closed out by the #2 seeds as the Realtors pounded on the end game, with Dennis Miranda nailing the trey that put the game out reach.[18]

The franchise qualifies for their first ever All-Filipino conference finals stint.

Third place playoff[edit]

February 15
Alaska Aces 104, Red Bull Barako 125
Red Bull wins 3rd place trophy.

Finals[edit]

February 15
Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants 97, Sta. Lucia Realtors 109
February 17
Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants 101, Sta. Lucia Realtors 112
February 20
Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants 118, Sta. Lucia Realtors 107
February 22
Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants 106, Sta. Lucia Realtors 98
February 24
Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants 76, Sta. Lucia Realtors 88
February 27
Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants 89, Sta. Lucia Realtors 81
March 2
Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants 88, Sta. Lucia Realtors 100
Sta. Lucia wins series, 4–3

Broadcast notes[edit]

The Associated Broadcasting Company broadcast all of the games in Philippine TV. Their finals broadcasters are:

Game Play-by-play Analyst
Game 1 Ed Picson Quinito Henson and Norman Black
Game 2 Mico Halili Jason Webb and Norman Black
Game 3 Mico Halili Rado Dimalibot and Norman Black
Game 4 Ed Picson Quinito Henson and Norman Black
Game 5 Ed Picson Quinito Henson and Norman Black
Game 6 Mico Halili Jason Webb and Norman Black
Game 7 Richard del Rosario Jason Webb

Furthermore, the ABS-CBN News Channel carried the Finals live overseas. Sports Radio 918 carried the games live on AM radio.

Featured songs include "How Far We've Come" by Matchbox Twenty and "Shadow of the Day" by Linkin Park.

Awards[edit]

Stats leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Stat
Points per game Willie Miller Alaska Aces 23.1
Rebounds per game Asi Taulava Coca-Cola Tigers 14.7
Assists per game Jayjay Helterbrand Barangay Ginebra Kings 6.8
Steals per game Dondon Hontiveros Magnolia Beverage Masters 1.70
Blocks per game Ali Peek Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 1.71
Field goal percentage Samigue Eman Magnolia Beverage Masters .609
Free throw percentage Ren-Ren Ritualo Talk 'N Text Phone Pals .909
Three-point field goal percentage Gec Chia Air21 Express .438
Turnovers per game Mark Telan Coca-Cola Tigers 3.8

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