2007–08 PBA season

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2007–08 PBA season
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2007–08 PBA season
Duration October 14, 2007 – August 20, 2008
Number of teams 10
TV partner(s) ABC, TV5
Draft
Top draft pick Joe Devance
Picked by Welcoat Dragons
Conferences
Philippine Cup champions Sta. Lucia Realtors
  Runners-up Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants
Fiesta Conference champions Barangay Ginebra Kings
  Runners-up Air21 Express
Awards
Season MVP Kelly Williams (Sta. Lucia Realtors)
Top scorer Mark Cardona (Talk 'N Text)
Seasons

The 2007-08 PBA Season was the 33rd season of the Philippine Basketball Association. The season was formally opened on October 14, 2007 at the Araneta Coliseum. The league started the season with the Philippine Cup, or the traditional All-Filipino Conference, while capping off the season with the import-laiden Fiesta Conference.

Renauld "Sonny" Barrios was appointed as commissioner while serving as an officer in charge of the league until a replacement for former commissioner Noli Eala will be found.[1]

The first activity of the season was the 2007 PBA Draft last August 19 at the Market Market in Taguig City.

Pre-season events[edit]

  • San Miguel Corporation changed the name of the San Miguel Beermen to the Magnolia Beverage Masters; "Magnolia" was their product name from 1985-87.
  • Gec Chia and Paolo Hubalde of the Barangay Ginebra Kings were traded to the Air21 Express for Paul Artadi who was traded by the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants.[2]
  • Joseph Yeo of the Coca Cola Tigers and the team's 2009 second round draft pick rights were traded to the Sta. Lucia Realtors for Mark Isip and Cesar Catli.[3]
  • On October 3, Magnolia Beverage Masters' Danny Seigle and Brgy. Ginebra's Billy Mamaril had an altercation during a pre-season tune-up game at the Greenmeadows Gym. OIC Commissioner Sonny Barrios fined Seigle P10,000.[4]
  • New rules were approved in order to make the league rules more consistent to FIBA's rules rather than the National Basketball Association (NBA):
    • The controlled handcheck foul will be implemented.
    • The three-point arc would now be reset to 20 feet and 6 inches (FIBA standard) from 22 feet.
    • The key would now be trapezoidal (FIBA) instead of rectangular (NBA).[5]
  • With a change in their team name, Magnolia unveiled their new logo and uniforms, using the blue and white motif. Alaska replaced their red uniforms with their black alternates first used in the 2007 Fiesta Conference Finals, while Purefoods replaced their navy blue dark uniforms with their red alternates from the 2007 Fiesta Conference. Red Bull introduced a new slightly-modified logo and uniforms, and Sta. Lucia slightly modified their old uniforms, adding a diagonal stripe on the shoulders.

Opening ceremonies[edit]

The season began on October 14 with the Magnolia Beverage Masters defeating the Air21 Express, 121-112.

The muses for the participating teams are as follows:

Team Muse
Air21 Express Jean Harn
Alaska Aces Phoemela Barranda
Barangay Ginebra Kings Iwa Moto
Coca-Cola Tigers Pokwang
Magnolia Beverage Masters Juliana Rogatti
Purefoods TJ Giants Kim Chiu
Red Bull Barako Red Bull models (Idyll, Mica, Sheena and Thea)
Sta. Lucia Realtors Maggie Wilson
Talk 'N Text Phone Pals Marian Rivera
Welcoat Dragons Kat Labung

2007–08 Philippine Cup[edit]

Notable events[edit]

Elimination round[edit]

Qualified for semifinals
Qualified for quarterfinals
Qualified for wildcards
Eliminated
# Team W L PCT GB Ties
1 Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants 12 6 0.667 -- +10
2 Sta. Lucia Realtors 12 6 0.667 -- -10
3 Alaska Aces 11 7 0.611 1 +29
4 Red Bull Barako 11 7 0.611 1 -29
5 Magnolia Beverage Masters 10 8 0.556 2
6 Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 9 9 0.500 3
7 Barangay Ginebra Kings 8 10 0.444 4
8 Air21 Express 7 11 0.389 5 +16
9 Coca-Cola Tigers 7 11 0.389 5 -16
10 Welcoat Dragons 3 15 0.167 9

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

Playoff[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


Finals results[edit]

Mid-season break[edit]

On March 20, Talk N Text traded franchise player Asi Taulava to Coca Cola in exchange for Ali Peak and 2nd picks for next season.

PBA Ateneo-La Salle Showdown[edit]

A game was held for the benefit of the PBA Players' Educational Trust Fund at the Araneta Coliseum featuring players from UAAP archrivals Ateneo and La Salle. Studio 23 aired the event with ABS-CBN Sports producing.

March 23
90–90 Ateneo school colors PBA-Ateneo

2008 Fiesta Conference[edit]

Notable events[edit]

  • Air21 Express' Homer Se was fined P20,000 for a flagrant foul-penalty 1 on their game against the Sta. Lucia Realtors when he put up a fighting stance after the looseball scramble between Williams and Air21 guard Wynne Arboleda directed towards SLR rookie Ryan Reyes and import Jamar Brown.[19]

Elimination round[edit]

Qualified for semifinals
Qualified for quarterfinals
Qualified for wildcards
Eliminated
# Team W L PCT GB Tie
1 Air21 Express 12 6 0.667 --
2 Red Bull Barako 11 7 0.611 1
3 Barangay Ginebra Kings 10 8 0.529 2 +14
4 Coca-Cola Tigers 10 8 0.529 2 +4
5 Magnolia Beverage Masters 10 8 0.556 2 -18
6 Alaska Aces 9 9 0.500 3 +9
7 Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 9 9 0.500 3 -9
8 Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants 8 10 0.444 4
9 Sta. Lucia Realtors 7 11 0.389 5
10 Welcoat Dragons 4 14 0.222 8

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

Playoff[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


Finals results[edit]

2008 PBA All-Star Weekend[edit]

The 2008 PBA All-Star Weekend was held from April 25 to April 27 at Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. The winners were:

April 25
Rookies 101, Sophomores 97
Ronjay Buenafe named the game's most valuable player.
April 27
6:30 p.m.
North All-Stars 158, South All-Stars 163 (OT) (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 41-41, 37-38, 36-34, 35-34, Overtime: 14-9
Pts: Mark Caguioa 24 Pts: Peter June Simon 29
Peter June Simon named the game's most valuable player.

Individual awards[edit]

Awards given by the PBA Press Corps[edit]

  • Coach of the Year: Boyet Fernandez (Sta. Lucia)
  • Mr. Quality Minutes: Peter June Simon (Purefoods)
  • Comeback Player of the Year: Mike Hrabak (Red Bull)
  • Referee of the Year: Jess Fernandez
  • All-Rookie Team
    • Ryan Reyes (Sta. Lucia)
    • Chico Lañete (Purefoods)
    • Joe Devance (Welcoat)
    • Doug Kramer (Air21)
    • Ronjay Buenafe (Coca-Cola)

Cumulative standings[edit]

Champion
Second place
Third place
Semifinalist
Quarterfinalist
Wildcard qualifier
Elimination round
Team GP W L PCT Best finish
Red Bull Barako 53 31 22 .585 Third place
Barangay Ginebra Kings 50 28 22 .560 Champion
Sta. Lucia Realtors 54 29 25 .537 Champion
Air21 Express 51 27 24 .529 Runner-up
Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants 51 27 24 .529 Runner-up
Alaska Aces 45 23 22 .511 Fourth place
Magnolia Beverage Masters 47 24 23 .511 Fourth place
Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 39 19 20 .487 Wildcard phase
Coca-Cola Tigers 43 20 23 .465 Quarterfinals
Welcoat Dragons 36 7 29 .194 Elimination round

Elimination rounds[edit]

Team W L PCT
Red Bull Barako 22 14 .611
Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants 20 16 .556
Alaska Aces 20 16 .556
Magnolia Beverage Masters 20 16 .556
Sta. Lucia Realtors 19 17 .528
Air21 Express 19 17 .528
Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 18 18 .500
Barangay Ginebra Kings 18 18 .500
Coca-Cola Tigers 17 19 .472
Welcoat Dragons 7 29 .194

Playoffs[edit]

Team W L PCT
Barangay Ginebra Kings 10 4 .714
Sta. Lucia Realtors 10 8 .556
Air21 Express 8 7 .533
Red Bull Barako 9 8 .529
Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants 7 8 .467
Coca-Cola Tigers 3 4 .429
Magnolia Beverage Masters 4 7 .364
Talk 'N Text Phone Pals 1 2 .333
Alaska Aces 3 6 .333
Welcoat Dragons 0 0 --

References[edit]

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