PBA 2012 Basketball Games in Dubai: Ginebra, Rain or Shine and Barako

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Philippine Basketball Association will once again visit Dubai to bring its official games closer to overseas Filipino crowd. Hopefully, they already learned their lessons on who to partner with and avoid the same fate suffered by Talk 'n Text in 2011. Ginebra for the 3rd straight time will be among the contingents, together with Barako Bull Energy and Rain or Shine Elastopainters.

Game schedules are:
February 23 - Rain or Shine vs. Barako Bull
February 24 - Rain or Shine vs Ginebra

Loads of reasons why every basketball fan should not miss this pair of exciting games.  Rain or Shine's prized 2nd-overall pick and a strong contender for Rookie of the Year, Paul Lee is bringing his "Angas ng Tondo" wares along with the highly improving Jeff Chan, Gabe Norwood and Ronjay Buenafe. Barako Bull will have 2-time MVP Willie Miller, Danny Siegle and Don Allado among others.  They also have the surprising steal-of-the-draft rookie Dylan Ababou in its roster (if he won't be traded). Dylan is a familiar face for the Dubai crowd as he has already played twice here for Smart Gilas during the Dubai Invitationals. Crowd-favorite Ginebra will be bannered by superstar veterans Mark Caguioa, Jayjay Helterbrand, Eric Menk and Mike Cortez among others.

Adding excitement are the taller imports. Ginebra is bringing back 7-foot-1 Chris Alexander who led the team to its last championship. Barako is looking to sign-up NBA veteran DerMarr Johnson to beef its front court. Rain or Shine, which is currently playing the the Philippine Cup Semifinals, still has to finalize their enforcement in the Fiesta Cup. Although rumors say that Adam Parada, coach Yeng Guiao's import in Red Bull, will most likely be their import.

Tickets are priced as follows:
VIP - AED200
Ringside - AED150
Lower Box - AED100
Upper Box - AED 60

You can buy tickets in Dubai at Mediacom-Karama Branch (04-397 7272 / 050-2584829/050-9492680) Look for JR. In Abu Dhabi, Pisco (02-6416044) Look for Ms. Rose

Games will be played at Al Shabab Sports Club in Al Mamzar, Dubai. Gates open at 4:00 PM

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