The Philippine Basketball Association is back on the road, holding its first official out-of-town game in the post-pandemic period at the Tiaong Convention Center in Tiaong, Quezon on Saturday.
The historic game pits San Miguel Beer and Converge at 8 p.m., kicking off the league’s Saturday road sorties with stops in San Jose, Batangas on Dec. 9, in Cagayan de Oro on Dec. 16 and in Iloilo on Jan. 6.
The PBA delegation hit Tiaong Friday, bringing with them packs of goodies given to children in an “Alagang PBA” activity held at the municipal center.
Of course, the main gift is the San Miguel-Converge showdown, with June Mar Fajardo and his teammates going for a second straight win against the Converge side aiming to end a three-game slump.
The PBA actually has had a previous visit in this first class municipality about 90 kilometers from Manila, holding a game during the preseason On Tour series.
Meralco drubbed San Miguel, 92-89, then with Allein Maliksi leading the Bolts charge with 21 points off the bench.
Bong Quinto chipped in 19 and Raymond Almazan contributed 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Bolts who beat a San Miguel side minus their top guns.