Game stopped 4 minutes into 1st quarter, Ginebra up 9-2
Sunday, 17 May 2009

After a two-hour delay and two game stoppages, the game between Barangay Ginebra and Alaska in Legazpi City Saturday evening was stopped after game officials deemed the slippery Albay Astrodome hardcourt unplayable.

Tip-off went on as scheduled at 5 p.m., but was halted after only 41 seconds of play with players slipping and sliding on both ends of the parquet floor.

The Kings and the Aces were sent back to the locker rooms while PBA personnel, local organizers and even Legazpi City mayor Noel Rosal poured softdrinks on the floor, dried it and then even applied sandpaper in efforts to make the hardcourt playable.

Almost two hours later, the two teams were called back. This time the two teams regaled the capacity crowd a little longer. But with the players again falling one after the other, crew chief referee Boy Cruz finally ruled the court unplayable and stopped the game with Ginebra up 9-2 and 8:04 still to play in the first period.

“The crowd saw we exhausted all efforts to remedy the situation and make the court playable. In fact even Mayor Rosal helped us,” said PBA operations and technical director Rickie Santos. “But the moisture just kept coming back and rather than risk injury to the players, the game officials ordered the cancellation of the game.”

After the decision, there was a suggestion to play the game early Sunday afternoon, but with no assurance that the hardcourt would be in much better condition, the suggestion was thumbed down in the end.

Although no official announcement has been made, the Ginebra-Alaska game will most probably be scheduled on Friday, May 22, as half of a doubleheader that will also feature the cancelled game between San Miguel and Coca-Cola originally slated in Dubai.

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June 3, 2009
Araneta Coliseum
Game 1 Box Score  
 Purefoods 84   Rain or Shine 82 
Game 2 Box Score  
 Burger King 94   Sta. Lucia 81 
Previous Games
Sun May 31 Box Score  
 Rain or Shine  96   Purefoods  87 
Sun May 31 Box Score  
 Sta. Lucia  93   Burger King  84 
Fri May 29 Box Score  
 Purefoods  126   Talk N Text  123 
Fri May 29 Box Score  
 Coca-Cola  88   Sta. Lucia  94 
Wed May 27 Box Score  
 Burger King  96   Alaska  90 
Wed May 27 Box Score  
 Barako Bull  88   Rain or Shine  96 
Sunday June 14, 2009
Araneta Coliseum
Game 1 4:00 PM
Sta. Lucia Realtors Burger King Titans
Game 2 6:30 PM
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Purefoods TJ Hotdogs
 Team W L PCT
 San Miguel 11 3 0.786
 Ginebra 8 6 0.571
 Burger King 8 6 0.571
 Rain or Shine 8 6 0.571
 Sta. Lucia 7 7 0.500
 Talk N Text 7 7 0.500
 Purefoods 7 7 0.500
 Coca-Cola 6 8 0.429
 Alaska 6 8 0.429
 Barako Bull 2 12 0.143