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LOOK: PBA releases Season 46 restart schedule

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LOOK: PBA releases Season 46 restart schedule

DELAY. The PBA Philippine Cup gets delayed because of the worsening of the pandemic in the Philippines

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TNT and Blackwater kick off the PBA Philippine Cup restart on Wednesday, September 1

The PBA released its first official Season 46 Philippine Cup restart schedule from the Bacolor, Pampanga bubble on Tuesday, August 31.

Kicking off the league’s return to action is a triple-header slate featuring the undefeated TNT Tropang Giga facing off against the winless Blackwater Bossing at 12:30 pm, followed by the San Miguel Beermen battling the Terrafirma Dyip in a 3 pm match that may already feature the return of grieving six-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.

In the 6 pm main event, the unbeaten Magnolia Hotshots will put their winning streak on the line against fellow powerhouse Meralco Bolts, who have a shot at taking solo first place in the standings with a win.

From there, the league will have daily games, including one more triple-header slate on Friday, September 3, capped off by a 6 pm sister team showdown between TNT and Meralco.

The game week will then end with back-to-back blockbuster battles on Sunday, September 5, featuring a 4:35 pm match between Meralco and Ginebra, and a 7 pm game between Magnolia and TNT.

In the 12-team field, only the NorthPort Batang Pier are missing from the weekly schedule, which may likely be due to positive COVID-19 cases among team personnel and players.

Due to the uncertainties brought by the worsening pandemic even in a semi-bubble setup, further schedules will be released on a weekly basis until the conference wraps up. –

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