Three-time PBA scoring champion Terrence Romeo faces his former team right away as TNT KaTropa and GlobalPort clash on opening day of the PBA Commissioner's Cup on April 22 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Crowd darling Barangay Ginebra, a losing semifinalist in the all-Filipino conference, makes its second conference debut against Rain or Shine on April 29.
Columbian Dyip, formerly Kia Picanto, tangles with Blackwater also on Day One of the mid-season tournament where San Miguel Beer is the titleholder and featuring imports with a height limit of 6-foot-10.
The Beermen and the Magnolia Hotshots, the Philippine Cup title protagonists, are not scheduled to play at least in the first two weeks of the Commissioner's Cup.
Columbian Dyip and Blackwater play two straight games at the start of the tourney as they're pitted against separate opponents on April 25. The former takes on the Meralco Bolts while the latter tackles the Phoenix Fuel Masters on Day Two, also at the Big Dome.
It's Meralco versus GlobalPort then Alaska Milk opposite Rain or Shine on April 27, and NLEX against Columbian Dyip then TNT KaTropa versus Phoenix on April 28 to complete the first week of Commissioner's Cup action.
At least in the first two weeks, all games will be played at the Big Dome except on April 28 (Cuneta Astrodome) and May 2 (Ynares Sports Center).
The tourney takes a break on May 23-27 to give way to the 2018 PBA All-Star festivities with stops in Davao del Sur, Batangas City and Iloilo.(SB)