1996 PBA Commissioner's Cup

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1996 PBA Commissioner's Cup
Duration June 14 - September 10, 1996
TV partner/s Vintage Sports (IBC)
Finals
Champions Alaska Milkmen
  runners-up Formula Shell Zoom Masters
Awards
Best Player Johnny Abarrientos (Alaska)
Best Import Ken Redfield (Formula Shell)
Finals MVP Johnny Abarrientos (Alaska)
Commissioner's Cup
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The 1996 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner's Cup was the second conference of the 1996 PBA season. It started on June 14 and ended on September 10, 1996. The tournament is an Import-laden format, which requires an import or a pure-foreign player for each team with a 6'7" height limit.

Format[edit]

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

  • The teams were divided into 2 groups.
  • Teams in a group will play against each other once and against teams in the other group twice; 10 games per team; Teams are then seeded by basis on win-loss records. Ties are broken among point differentials of the tied teams. Standings will be determined in one league table; teams do not qualify by basis of groupings. [1]
  • The top five teams after the eliminations will advance to the semifinals.
  • Semifinals will be two round robin affairs with the remaining five teams. Results from the eliminations will be carried over. A playoff incentive for a finals berth will be given to the team that will win at least five of their eight semifinal games.
  • The top two teams (or the top team and the winner of the playoff incentive) will face each other in a best-of-seven championship series. The next two teams (or the loser of the playoff incentive and the fourth seeded team) dispute the third-place trophy in a one game playoff.

Elimination round[edit]

Team standings[edit]

Qualified for semifinals
# Team W L PCT GB Playoff
1 Alaska Milkmen 8 2 .800 --
2 Sta. Lucia Realtors 6 4 .600 2
3 Ginebra San Miguel 6 4 .600 2
4 Formula Shell Zoom Masters 5 5 .500 3
5 Purefoods TJ Hotdogs 5 5 .500 3 Symbol confirmed.svg
6 Sunkist Orange Bottlers 5 5 .500 3 Symbol unrelated.svg
7 San Miguel Beermen 4 6 .400 4
8 Mobiline Cellulars 1 9 .100 7

Note: Shell automatically advanced to the semifinals due to a higher winning quotient

Seeding playoffs[edit]

July 30
Purefoods TJ Hotdogs 89, Sunkist Orange Bottlers 76

Semifinal round[edit]

Team standings[edit]

Qualified for finals
Qualified for finals playoff
Qualified for battle-for-third
# Team Cumulative SF
W L PCT GB W L
1 Alaska Milkmen 14 4 .778 –- 6 2
2 Ginebra San Miguel 12 6 .667 2 6 2
3 Formula Shell Zoom Masters 10 8 .556 4 5 3
4 Sta. Lucia Realtors 8 10 .444 6 2 6
5 Purefoods TJ Hotdogs 6 12 .333 8 1 7

Finals seed playoff[edit]

August 25
Formula Shell 89, Ginebra San Miguel 86

Bal David sank a three point shot, putting the Gins on with the lead, 86-83 with 17 seconds left in the game. Richie Ticson however also made a three pointer tying the game again, 86-all with 10.5 seconds left.

After calling a timeout to design the last play, Henry James opted to try a three pointer after an inbound pass from Vince Hizon. James' shot was blocked by Benjie Paras and picked up by Kenny Redfield, making a buzzer beating three point shot, thus winning the game for them, 89-86.[2]

Battle for third[edit]

August 27
Sta. Lucia Realtors 111, Ginebra San Miguel 106
Sta. Lucia wins third place trophy.

Finals[edit]

August 27
Alaska Milkmen 82, Formula Shell 85
August 30
Alaska Milkmen 93, Formula Shell 86
September 1
Alaska Milkmen 77, Formula Shell 85
September 3
Alaska Milkmen 79, Formula Shell 76
September 6
Alaska Milkmen 70, Formula Shell 63
September 8
Alaska Milkmen 85, Formula Shell 88
September 10
Alaska Milkmen 83, Formula Shell 77
Alaska wins series, 4-3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Purefoods still alive, ousts SMB, Ismael Amigo, Manila Standard, July 22, 1996
  2. ^ Shell knocks out Ginebra, Ismael Amigo, Manila Standard, August 26, 1996

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