BARANGAY Ginebra, which is seeking a record 14th PBA championship, and Meralco, which is gunning for redemption, will have to wait.
That’s because Game 6 of the PBA Governors’ Cup scheduled at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, was postponed when fire broke out at the Big Dome a few hours before the 6 p.m. game.
Quezon City firefighters immediately put the fire under control, but PBA officials decided to cancel the game with the safety of the players and fans in mind.
“Ayaw nating ipagsapalaran ang kaligtasan ng mga fans, ng mga players at mga game staff. Better safe than sorry,” said PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial in a statement.
Marcial said Game 6 will be moved on Friday over at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
“Pasensiya na po. Hindi natin kagustuhan ito. Ito ay para sa safety ng karamihan, ng sa ating lahat, lalo na sa mga players, coaches, at lalo na sa mga fans,” said Marcial after inspecting the venue.
Also cancelled due to the fire was the 3×3 Second Conference grand finals set earlier in the day.
Marcial also assured tickets for Game 6 will be refunded.
“All Smart Araneta Coliseum Game Six ticket holders can refund their ticket purchases at the Big Dome’s ticketing office,” the PBA said.
The Gin Kings have a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series and can clinch the championship with another victory over Meralco on Friday.
Meralco, on the otherhand, can send the game into a deciding Game 7 with a win over Ginebra.
Marcial, however, is still working on a possible venue for Game 7, should Meralco force a decider on Friday.
League officials are also set to discuss a new date and venue for the continuation of the grand finals of the PBA.
(Mall of Asia)
6 p.m. — Meralco vs. Ginebra
Game 1 — Meralco 104, Ginebra 91.
Game 2 — Ginebra 99, Meralco 93.
Game 3 — Meralco 83, Ginebra 74.
Game 4 — Ginebra 95, Meralco 84.
Game 5 — Ginebra 115, Meralco 110.
(Ginebra leads series, 3-2)