Playoff games will once again be extremely hard to come by in the Premier Basketball League this season.
Halifax Rainmen owner Andre Levingston told Metro yesterday the PBL’s playoff format has been set and only the top four teams in the overall standings will be awarded spots. And only the top two teams are guaranteed a home game.
The top seed hosts the fourth seed and second hosts third in the one-and-done semifinals. The semifinal winners then square off in a best-of-three championship series.
It’s similar to last year, when four teams made the playoffs with best-of-three semis and a one-game final.
The Rainmen have not appeared in a playoff game in their three-year franchise history, although they spent 2007-08 in the American Basketball Association.
“I’ve got a lot of thoughts about it, but it is what it is,” Levingston said. “I would like to see more teams, at least the top six teams. Everybody would like to see more teams make it, that’s no big secret, but this is what it is this year.”
Levingston said even PBL commissioner Tom Doyle wants more teams in the playoffs.
But he also said he’s “not sure” why there has been such resistance to the idea.
Doyle did not return a phone message from Metro yesterday, while director of PBL operations Carrie Ann May said Monday she didn’t know anything about the playoff format.
The Rainmen missed the playoffs with a respectable 12-8 record last year, while the Vermont Frost Heaves (14-6) were also on the outside looking in.
Levingston said getting to the post-season would be a “big boost” for his franchise.
“It would be very, very disappointing if we didn’t,” he said. “But if we don’t make it, it’s not the end of the world. We’d regroup and come back next year. It’s part of sports.”