2019 PBA season

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2019 PBA season
PBA 2019 logo.png
2019 PBA season
DurationJanuary 13, 2019 – present
Number of teams12
TV partner(s)Local:
PBA Rush (HD)
5 Plus International
ESPN Player
Top draft pickCJ Perez
Picked byColumbian Dyip
Philippine Cup championsSan Miguel Beermen
  Runners-upMagnolia Hotshots

The 2019 PBA season is the 44th season of the Philippine Basketball Association. The league continued to use the three-conference format, starting with the Philippine Cup. The Commissioner's Cup and the Governors' Cup are the second and third conferences in the upcoming season.

Due to the major adjustments in the league calendar, the start of the league's 44th season was set to January 13, 2019. This was the first time since 2003 that the league opened their season in January or February. The PBA Leo Awards will be held during the opening ceremonies of the 2019 season while the 2018 PBA draft is set on December 16.[1] The schedule is also affected by the Philippine national team's participation in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup and the Southeast Asian Games.[2]

The 2019 PBA All-Star Game will be played from March 29 to 31, 2019 at Calasiao, Pangasinan.

Executive board[edit]

  • Wilfrido O. Marcial (Commissioner)
  • Victorico P. Vargas (Chairman, representing TNT KaTropa)
  • Richard Bachmann (Vice-Chairman, representing Alaska Aces)
  • Raymond Zorilla (Treasurer, representing Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters)


Team Company Governor Coach Captain
Alaska Aces Alaska Milk Corporation Richard Bachmann Alex Compton JVee Casio
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Ginebra San Miguel, Inc. Alfrancis Chua Tim Cone Sol Mercado
Blackwater Elite Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc. Silliman Sy Bong Ramos Mike Cortez
Columbian Dyip Columbian Autocar Corporation Bobby Rosales Johnedel Cardel Glenn Khobuntin
Magnolia Hotshots San Miguel Pure Foods Company, Inc. Rene Pardo Chito Victolero Rafi Reavis
Meralco Bolts Manila Electric Company Al Panlilio Norman Black Reynel Hugnatan
NLEX Road Warriors Metro Pacific Investments Corporation Rodrigo Franco Yeng Guiao Asi Taulava
NorthPort Batang Pier Sultan 900 Capital, Inc. Eric Arejola Pido Jarencio Stanley Pringle
Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc. Dennis Uy Louie Alas LA Revilla
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Asian Coatings Philippines, Inc. Mamerto Mondragon Caloy Garcia Gabe Norwood
San Miguel Beermen San Miguel Brewery, Inc. Robert Non Leo Austria Arwind Santos
TNT KaTropa Smart Communications Victorico Vargas Bong Ravena Jayson Castro


Like several Metro Manila-centric leagues, most games are held at arenas within Metro Manila, either the Smart Araneta Coliseum or the Mall of Asia Arena, and sometimes, in the Ynares Center in Antipolo. Games outside this area are called "out-of-town" games, and are usually played on Saturdays. Provincial arenas usually host one game, rarely two; these arenas typically host only once per season, but a league may return within a season if the turnout is satisfactory.

Typically, all playoff games are held in Metro Manila arenas, although playoff and Finals games have been seldom played in the provinces.

Main arenas[edit]

2019 PBA season is located in Metro Manila
Smart Araneta Coliseum
Smart Araneta Coliseum
Mall of Asia Arena
Mall of Asia Arena
Cuneta Astrodome
Cuneta Astrodome
Metro Manila venues of the PBA.
Arena City
Cuneta Astrodome Pasay
Mall of Asia Arena Pasay
Smart Araneta Coliseum Quezon City
Ynares Center Antipolo, Rizal

Out-of-town arenas[edit]

2019 PBA season is located in Philippines
Cagayan de Oro
Cagayan de Oro
Zamboanga City
Zamboanga City
Batangas City
Batangas City
Provincial venues of the PBA that hosted one game day (red), and two or more game days (blue).

Highlighted are playoff games.

Arena City Date Match-up
Philippine Arena Bocaue, Bulacan January 13, 2019 Barangay Ginebra vs. TNT
Calasiao Sports Complex Calasiao, Pangasinan January 26, 2019 Barangay Ginebra vs. Rain or Shine
Davao del Sur Coliseum Digos, Davao del Sur February 9, 2019 Barangay Ginebra vs. Blackwater
Xavier University Gym Cagayan de Oro March 2, 2019 Meralco vs. Magnolia
July 13, 2019 Rain or Shine vs. San Miguel
Panabo Multi-Purpose Tourism, Sports and Cultural Center Panabo, Davao del Norte March 16, 2019 San Miguel vs. Phoenix
AUF Sports Arena and Cultural Center Angeles March 23, 2019 NLEX vs. Barangay Ginebra
Batangas City Sports Center Batangas City June 23, 2019 Columbian vs. Rain or Shine
Barangay Ginebra vs. NLEX
Mayor Vitaliano D. Agan Coliseum Zamboanga City June 29, 2019 Magnolia vs. Meralco



Coaching changes[edit]

Team Outgoing coach Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced with Date of appointment Ref.
Blackwater Elite Bong Ramos Fired Philippine Cup Aries Dimaunahan (interim) April 4, 2019 [7]

Rule changes[edit]

The PBA competition committee approved the rule changes for implementation starting in the Philippine Cup games:[8]

Rule changes (effective for the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup)
  1. Goaltending violations will be subject for review for the duration of a match.
  2. The FIBA rule for traveling violations (also known as the 0-step rule) will be adopted. (a player who catches the ball while he is progressing, or upon completion of a dribble, may take two steps in coming to a stop, passing, or shooting the ball.)
  3. Coaches are now allowed to call timeouts verbally. The old rule requires coaches to make the "time-out" sign before the timeout request will be granted.

Notable events[edit]

  • The PBA Board of Governors decided to retain Ricky Vargas of TNT KaTropa as the Board Chairman. Subsequently, Dickie Bachmann of Alaska and Raymond Zorilla of Phoenix were retained as Vice-Chairman and Treasurer respectively.[9]

Philippine Cup[edit]

Commissioner's Cup[edit]

  • May 16: A rule change was made to be implemented starting the Commissioner's Cup that will allow a video review if a shot was made before or after the expiration of the 24-second shotclock throughout the game. Before the rule change, a video review is only possible if the shot was made in the last two minutes of the game. The rule change was made in light of the controversial shot made by Magnolia's Rome dela Rosa during Game 7 of their best-of-seven semifinals series against Rain or Shine, at the 3:30 mark of the 4th quarter. The referees counted his three point basket even though replays showed that the ball was still in his hands when the shotclock expired.[12]
  • May 19: The PBA began using the Molten BG5000 basketball as their official tournament ball. The same ball will be used during the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.[13]

Opening ceremonies[edit]

The opening ceremonies for this season will be held at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan on January 13, 2019. The PBA Leo Awards for the 2017-18 season will be held before the opening ceremonies.[14]

The first game of the Philippine Cup between the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and the TNT KaTropa will be played after the opening ceremonies.[15]

Below is the list of team muses:

Team Muse Ref.
Alaska Aces Klea Pineda [16]
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Pia Wurtzbach [16]
Blackwater Elite Myla Pablo and Jasmine Alkhaldi [16]
Columbian Dyip Kelley Day [17]
Magnolia Hotshots Sharon Cuneta [16]
Meralco Bolts Eva Patalinjug [17]
NLEX Road Warriors Alyssa Valdez [18]
NorthPort Batang Pier Aya Fernandez [16]
Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters Yam Concepcion [16]
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Anie Uson [17]
San Miguel Beermen Kylie Verzosa [16]
TNT KaTropa Sam Pinto [17]

2019 PBA Philippine Cup[edit]

The 2019 Philippine Cup started on January 13, and ended on May 15, 2019.

Elimination round[edit]

Pos Team W L PCT GB Qualification
1 Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters 9 2 .818 Twice-to-beat in the quarterfinals
2 Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 8 3 .727 1
3 Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 7 4 .636[a] 2 Best-of-three quarterfinals
4 TNT KaTropa 7 4 .636[a] 2
5 San Miguel Beermen 7 4 .636[a] 2
6 Magnolia Hotshots 6 5 .545 3
7 NorthPort Batang Pier 5 6 .455 4 Twice-to-win in the quarterfinals
8 Alaska Aces 4 7 .364[b] 5
9 NLEX Road Warriors 4 7 .364[b] 5
10 Columbian Dyip 4 7 .364[b] 5
11 Meralco Bolts 3 8 .273 6
12 Blackwater Elite 2 9 .182 7
Source: PBA.ph
Rules for classification: 1) winning percentage; 2) if two teams are tied, head-to-head record; if three or more teams are tied, head-to-head goal average (quotient), if tied for 8th, one-game playoff; 3) overall quotient 4) coin toss[19]
  1. ^ a b c Head-to-head quotient: Barangay Ginebra 1.02, TNT 1.00, San Miguel 0.98
  2. ^ a b c Head-to-head quotient: NLEX 1.19, Alaska 1.01, Columbian 0.84; 8th-seed playoff: Alaska defeated NLEX


  Quarterfinals     Semifinals
    (#1 twice-to-beat)                        
  1 Phoenix 91    
  8 Alaska 76    
            1 Phoenix 1    
    (Best-of-3)       5 San Miguel 4  
  4 TNT 1  
  5 San Miguel 2    
    5 San Miguel 4
    (#2 twice-to-beat)     6 Magnolia 3
  2 Rain or Shine 91    
  7 NorthPort 85    
            2 Rain or Shine 3
    (Best-of-3)     6 Magnolia 4    
  3 Barangay Ginebra 1  
  6 Magnolia 2    

Finals results[edit]

2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup[edit]

The 2019 Commissioner's Cup started on May 19, and will end at around mid-August 2019.

Elimination round[edit]

Pos Team W L PCT GB Qualification
1 TNT KaTropa 10 1 .909 Twice-to-beat in the quarterfinals
2 NorthPort Batang Pier 9 2 .818 1
3 Blackwater Elite 7 4 .636[a] 3 Best-of-three quarterfinals
4 Barangay Ginebra San Miguel 7 4 .636[a] 3
5 Magnolia Hotshots 5 6 .455[b] 5
6 Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 5 6 .455[b] 5
7 San Miguel Beermen 5 6 .455[b] 5 Twice-to-win in the quarterfinals
8 Alaska Aces 4 7 .364[c] 6
9 Meralco Bolts 4 7 .364[c] 6
10 Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters 4 7 .364[c] 6
11 Columbian Dyip 3 8 .273[d] 7
12 NLEX Road Warriors 3 8 .273[d] 7
Source: PBA.ph
Rules for classification: 1) winning percentage; 2) if two teams are tied, head-to-head record; if three or more teams are tied, head-to-head goal average (quotient), if tied for 8th, one-game playoff; 3) overall quotient 4) coin toss[20]
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head record: Blackwater 1–0 Barangay Ginebra
  2. ^ a b c Head-to-head quotient: Magnolia 1.19, Rain or Shine 1.01, San Miguel 0.83
  3. ^ a b c Head-to-head quotient: Alaska 1.012, Meralco 1.011, Phoenix 0.977; 8th-seed playoff: Alaska defeated Meralco
  4. ^ a b Head-to-head record: Columbian 1–0 NLEX


  Quarterfinals     Semifinals
    (#1 twice-to-beat)                        
  1 TNT 72    
  8 Alaska 108    
  4 Barangay Ginebra 1  
  5 Magnolia 0    
    (#2 twice-to-beat)    
  2 NorthPort 84    
  7 San Miguel 98    
  3 Blackwater 0  
  6 Rain or Shine 1    


  1. ^ Leo Awards ushers in PBA 44th season opener on Jan 13, PBA.ph, September 11, 2018
  2. ^ Terrado, Reuben (1 March 2019). "PBA season to stretch until January due to World Cup, SEA Games breaks". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  3. ^ Jett Manuel declines one-year Ginebra extension in favor of family business, Reuben Terrado, spin.ph, January 5, 2019
  4. ^ It's official: Chris Tiu retires from basketball, Randolph Leongson, spin.ph, January 8, 2019
  5. ^ "Josh Urbiztondo retires at age 36 after long career in PBA, ABL". Spin.ph.
  6. ^ "Former PBA Rookie of the Year Rico Maierhofer retires at age 33". Spin.ph.
  7. ^ Blackwater elevates assistant Aris Dimaunahan to head coach, Richard D, ESPN 5, April 4, 2019
  8. ^ "With rule changes, PBA game will be faster, more exciting". PBA.ph. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  9. ^ PBA board retains TNT's Ricky Vargas as chairman, Randolph Leongson, spin.ph, January 9, 2019
  10. ^ PBA makes 'supreme sacrifice' as Team Pilipinas prepares for FIBA World Cup, PBA.ph, March 1, 2019
  11. ^ PBA ref Emmanuel Tangkion dies during workout on league's 44th anniversary, Gerry Ramos, spin.ph, April 9, 2019
  12. ^ PBA makes rule change in aftermath of Dela Rosa shotclock blunder, Reuben Terrado, spin.ph, May 16, 2019
  13. ^ Mixed reactions from PBA players over new basketball, Reuben Terrado, spin.ph, May 20, 2019
  14. ^ In break from tradition, PBA Leo Awards to kick off season on January 13, Reuben Terrado, spin.ph, December 26, 2018
  15. ^ It’s TNT KaTropa against Barangay Ginebra in PBA season-opener, Randolph Leongson, spin.ph, January 8, 2019
  16. ^ a b c d e f g PBA muses: Wurtzbach for Ginebra, Alyssa for NLEX, Sharon for Magnolia, Reuben Terrado, spin.ph, January 8, 2019
  17. ^ a b c d PBA Sidelights: Sharon Cuneta a surprise muse, Joaquin Henson, Philippine Star, January 10, 2019
  18. ^ Alyssa Valdez is NLEX muse at 2019 PBA Opening, Rappler, January 8, 2019

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