2008 PBA Fiesta Conference

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2008 PBA Fiesta Conference
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Duration March 29 - August 20, 2008
TV partner/s ABC (Local)
The Filipino Channel (International)
Finals
Champions Barangay Ginebra Kings
  runners-up Air21 Express
Awards
Best Player Jayjay Helterbrand (Barangay Ginebra)
Best Import Chris Alexander (Barangay Ginebra)
Finals MVP Ronald Tubid and Eric Menk (Barangay Ginebra)
Fiesta Conference
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The 2008 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Fiesta Conference or known as the 2008 Smart PBA Fiesta Conference for sponsorship reasons, is the last conference of the 2007-08 PBA season. The tournament began on March 29 with a game between the Coca-Cola Tigers and the Talk 'N Text Phone Pals at Panabo, Davao del Norte. Opening ceremonies were held the day after at the Araneta Coliseum.

All ten teams are permitted to acquire one non-Filipino (the "import") of unlimited height as reinforcement. Furthermore, the two worst performers in the elimination round of the previous conference (the Coca-Cola Tigers and the Welcoat Dragons), will also be able to acquire another import but with a height limit of 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m).

Tournament format[edit]

  • Double round eliminations. Worst team would be eliminated.
  • Sixth- to ninth-best teams figure in the one-game wildcard playoffs.
    • Sixth seed vs. Ninth seed
    • Seventh seed vs. Eighth seed
    • Winners will figure in a playoff to advance to the quarterfinals.
  • Third- to fifth-best teams, and the winner of the wildcards advance to the best-of-three quarterfinals.
    • Third seed vs. winner of wildcards.
    • Fourth seed vs. fifth seed.
  • The two best teams and the winners of the quarterfinals advance to the best-of-seven semifinals.
    • First seed vs. winner of the third seed/wildcard winner quarterfinal series
    • Second seed vs. winner of the fourth seed/fifth seed quarterfinal series
  • The winners of the semifinals advance to the best-of-seven Finals; the losers figure in a one-game third-place playoff.

Elimination round[edit]

Team standings[edit]

Qualified for semifinals
Qualified for quarterfinals
Qualified for wildcards
Eliminated
# Team W L PCT GB Tie
1 Air21 Express 12 6 .667 --
2 Red Bull Barako 11 7 .611 1
3 Barangay Ginebra Kings 10 8 .556 2 +14
4 Coca-Cola Tigers 10 8 .556 2 +4
5 Magnolia Beverage Masters 10 8 .556 2 -18
6 Alaska Aces 9 9 .500 3 +9
7 Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 9 9 .500 3 -9
8 Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants 8 10 .444 4
9 Sta. Lucia Realtors 7 11 .389 5
10 Welcoat Dragons 4 14 .222 8

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

Schedule[edit]

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

Bracket[edit]

Wildcard phase
Knockout games
Quarterfinals
Best of 3 series
Semifinals
Best of 7 series
Fiesta Finals
Best of 7 series
                                             
    3  Brgy. Ginebra 2  
    9  Sta. Lucia 0  
6  Alaska 85       3  Brgy. Ginebra 4  
9  Sta. Lucia 99       2  Red Bull 0  
  9  Sta. Lucia 111       3  Brgy. Ginebra 4
  7  Talk 'N Text 96       1  Air21 3
7  Talk 'N Text 98     1  Air21 4
8  Purefoods 83       5  Magnolia 2      Third-place playoff
  4  Coca-Cola 1     2  Red Bull 102
  5  Magnolia 2     5  Magnolia 90


Wildcard phase[edit]

July 9
Sta. Lucia Realtors 99, Alaska Aces 86
July 9
Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants 83, Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 98
July 11
Sta. Lucia Realtors 111, Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 96

Quarterfinals[edit]

Sta. Lucia - Barangay Ginebra series[edit]

July 13
Sta. Lucia Realtors 90, Barangay Ginebra Kings 92
July 16
Sta. Lucia Realtors 85, Barangay Ginebra Kings 113
Barangay Ginebra wins series, 2–0

Coca-Cola - Magnolia series[edit]

July 13
Magnolia Beverage Masters 108, Coca-Cola Tigers 96
July 16
Magnolia Beverage Masters 90, Coca-Cola Tigers 91
July 18
Magnolia Beverage Masters 78, Coca-Cola Tigers 60
Magnolia wins series 2–1

Semifinals[edit]

Air21 - Magnolia series[edit]

July 20
Magnolia Beverage Masters 113, Air21 Express 87
July 23
Magnolia Beverage Masters 102, Air21 Express 103
July 25
Magnolia Beverage Masters 78, Air21 Express 82
July 27
Magnolia Beverage Masters 104, Air21 Express 102
July 30
Magnolia Beverage Masters 72, Air21 Express 82
August 1
Magnolia Beverage Masters 91, Air21 Express 99
Air21 wins series, 4–2

Red Bull - Barangay Ginebra series[edit]

July 20
Barangay Ginebra Kings 108, Red Bull Barako 82
July 23
Barangay Ginebra Kings 111, Red Bull Barako 104
July 25
Barangay Ginebra Kings 94, Red Bull Barako 91
July 27
Barangay Ginebra Kings 101, Red Bull Barako 97 (OT)
Barangay Ginebra wins series, 4–0

Third place playoff[edit]

August 6
Magnolia Beverage Masters 90, Red Bull Barako 102
Scoring by quarter: 28-22, 15-26, 27-37, 20-17

Finals[edit]

Lineups[edit]

Games[edit]

August 6
7:20 p.m.
Barangay Ginebra Kings 105, Air21 Express 96
Scoring by quarter: 25-19, 25-20, 29-23, 20-28
Pts: Mark Caguioa 22
Rebs: Chris Alexander 25
Asts: Jayjay Helterbrand 8
Pts: Ranidel de Ocampo 22
Rebs: Steven Thomas 16
Asts: Wynne Arboleda 4
Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City
Attendance: 16,028
Referees: Aldaba, Ting, Maurillo
August 8
7:20 p.m.
Barangay Ginebra Kings 90, Air21 Express 124
Scoring by quarter: 18-26, 27-32, 18-34, 27-32
Pts: Mark Caguioa 26
Rebs: Chris Alexander 10,
Asts: Jayjay Helterbrand 6
Pts: Santos, David 20 each
Rebs: Steven Thomas 18
Asts: Arboleda, Thomas 5 each
Ynares Center, Antipolo City
Referees: Montiel, Ferrer, Pascual
August 10
6:30 p.m.
Barangay Ginebra Kings 87, Air21 Express 97
Scoring by quarter: 30-22, 20-24, 18-20, 19-31
Pts: Mark Caguioa 21
Rebs: Chris Alexander 17,
Asts: Caguioa, Pacana 4 each
Pts: Gary David 25
Rebs: Steven Thomas 20
Asts: Wynne Arboleda 9
Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City
Attendance: 15,142
August 13
7:20 p.m.
Barangay Ginebra Kings 90, Air21 Express 77
Scoring by quarter: 19-17, 24-23, 25-20, 22-17
Pts: Chris Alexander 22
Rebs: Chris Alexander 18
Asts: Mark Caguioa 5
Pts: Steven Thomas 19
Rebs: Steven Thomas 16
Asts: Arboleda, Se 3 each
Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City
Referees: Cruz, Aldaba, Quilinguen
August 15
7:20 p.m.
Barangay Ginebra Kings 73, Air21 Express 76
Scoring by quarter: 26-19, 12-26, 16-12, 19-19
Pts: Chris Alexander 21
Rebs: Chris Alexander 21
Asts: Paul Artadi 5
Pts: Thomas, David 15 each
Rebs: Steven Thomas 19
Asts: Arboleda, Santos, Billiones 2 each
Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City
Referees: Cruz, Calungcaguin, Guevarra
August 17
6:30 p.m.
Barangay Ginebra Kings 80, Air21 Express 75
Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City
Attendance: 18,043
August 20
7:20 p.m.
Barangay Ginebra Kings 97, Air21 Express 84
Barangay Ginebra wins series, 4–3
Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City
Attendance: 22,902

Awards[edit]

Broadcast notes[edit]

The 2008 Fiesta Conference is the last PBA tournament that will be broadcast by the Associated Broadcasting Company. Afterwards, Radio Philippines Network will be the PBA's new broadcaster. ABC's reformatting as "TV5" will take effect while the Finals is ongoing and the Fiesta Finals will be the last PBA event covered under the ABC name and the only PBA event that'll be covered under the TV5 name.

The finals broadcasters are:

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

Featured songs include "Face Down" by the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.

List of imports[edit]

The following is the list of imports, which had played for their respective teams at least once, with the returning imports in italics. Highlighted are the imports who stayed with their respective teams for the whole conference.

# Name Team Debuted
1 United States Calvin Cage Coca-Cola Tigers March 29 vs. Talk 'N Text
2 United States Jason Dixon Coca-Cola Tigers March 29 vs. Talk 'N Text
3 United States Aaron McGhee Talk 'N Text Phone Pals March 29 vs. Coca-Cola
4 United States Steve Thomas Air21 Express March 30 vs. Welcoat
5 United States Jason Keep Welcoat Dragons March 30 vs. Air21
6 United States Cory Santee Welcoat Dragons March 30 vs. Air21
7 Mexico Adam Parada Red Bull Barako March 30 vs. Brgy. Ginebra
8 United States Rahshon Turner Barangay Ginebra Kings March 30 vs. Red Bull
9 United States Wesley Wilson Sta. Lucia Realtors April 2 vs. Alaska
10 United States Randy Holcomb Alaska Aces April 2 vs. Sta. Lucia
11 United States Darius Rice Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants April 2 vs. Magnolia
12 United States Jameel Watkins Magnolia Beverage Masters April 2 vs. Purefoods
13 United States Marquis Gainous Welcoat Dragons April 9 vs. Coca-Cola
14 United States Ernest Brown Barangay Ginebra Kings April 12 vs. Sta. Lucia
15 United States George Gervin, Jr. Coca-Cola Tigers April 13 vs. Air21
16 United States Chris Alexander Barangay Ginebra Kings May 2 vs. Purefoods
17 Morocco Reda Rhalimi Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants May 10 vs. Alaska
18 United States Donald Copeland Coca-Cola Tigers May 23 vs. Red Bull
19 United States Jamar Brown Sta. Lucia Realtors June 1 vs. Air21
20 United States Lee Benson, Jr. Sta. Lucia Realtors June 13 vs. Magnolia
21 United States Amal McCaskill Magnolia Beverage Masters June 13 vs. Sta. Lucia
22 United States Terrence Leather Talk 'N Text Phone Pals June 13 vs. Air21
23 United States Alex Compton Welcoat Dragons June 18 vs. Air21
24 United States Brandon Dean Coca-Cola Tigers July 13 vs. Magnolia

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