The B-MEG Araneta Coliseum?
The historic venue may currently have a naming rights deal with SMART, but in the ongoing Philippine Cup, the Llamados have made the Big Dome their homecourt.
Believe it or not, B-MEG was a perfect 9-0 during the eliminations at the Cubao, Quezon City venue.
In the Llamados’ current eight-game winning streak, the last seven were carved out at the Big Dome.
With a 10-4 win-loss record, B-MEG only won once outside the coliseum, on November 11 at the Cuneta Astrodome, a 95-79 rout of Meralco.
On the other hand, its four defeats happened at different venues: at the San Juan Arena (84-78 to Meralco last October 15), in Panabo City, Davao del Norte (87-84 in overtime to Barako Bull), and at the Cuneta Astrodome twice (73-69 to Petron Blaze on October 5 and 96-94 to Talk ‘N Text on October 21).
The second-best record at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum, curiously does not belong to the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters, which is tied with B-MEG for the best win-loss slate in the conference. The honor belongs to the Tropang Texters’ sister team Meralco, which has a 7-2 record (.778) at the Big Dome.
The Tropang Texters have the third-best record there at -4.
The Big Dome was formally renamed the SMART-Araneta Coliseum during the SMART Ultimate All-Star Weekend last July, when an array of NBA superstars came over and played exhibition games against a PBA selection and the SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national team.
Prior to the venue’s change of name, Talk ‘N Text had won the 2010-11 PBA season’s first two championships — in the Philippine Cup and in the Commissioner’s Cup. After the the Big Dome was rechristened, however, the Tropang Texters came up short in their quest for the Grand Slam.
Fidel Mangonon III is the head of statistics for the Philippine Basketball Association. His column, The PBAologist, appears exclusively on InterAKTV. For more discussion on the ins and outs of the league, follow Fidel on Twitter.