QF bonus up for grabs » Manila Bulletin Sports

0
57


Published

by Jonas Terrado

Barangay Ginebra, San Miguel and Star are locked in a three-way battle for the two twice-to-beat incentives in the quarterfinals as the PBA Commissioner’s Cup enters the final two playdates of the elimination round.

At the moment, Ginebra and Star share the lead with identical 8-2 records – each having one game left in the elims, while San Miguel sits in third at 7-2 heading into its games tomorrow and Friday.

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s Japeth Aguilar, top, comes down hard on Meralco’s Cliff Hodge in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup late Sunday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City. Ginebra won 90-89. (PBA Media | Manila Bulletin)

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s Japeth Aguilar, top, comes down hard on Meralco’s Cliff Hodge in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup late Sunday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City. Ginebra won 90-89. (PBA Media | Manila Bulletin)

Of the three teams in the running, Ginebra appears to be in the best position to secure the elusive bonus after a thrilling 90-89 victory over Meralco last Sunday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

A win over Mahindra on Friday night would assure Ginebra a twice-to-beat, even if it settles for a tie for first at 9-2 with the Beermen and Hotshots because of a superior quotient.

San Miguel must beat Blackwater tomorrow and GlobalPort on Friday to gain the twice-to-beat while Star needs a lot of help even if it wins over Alaska tomorrow because of an inferior quotient.

There’s a chance that a four-way tie at 8-3 would occur, counting TNT KaTropa which already completed its elimination round assignment. However, the KaTropa are no longer in contention for the twice-to-beat, thus facing the predicament of having to play a best-of-three.

Adding to the complication is the race for the remaining two slots in the quarterfinals, featuring surging GlobalPort, struggling teams Alaska and Phoenix and a desperate Mahindra squad.

Alaska and GlobalPort are tied for seventh and eighth at 4-6, Phoenix ended the elims at 4-7 while Mahindra is not far behind at 3-7.

Alaska and GlobalPort must beat their fancied rivals this week to complete the eight-team quarterfinal cast, or otherwise fall into the prospect of playing a playoff for the eighth seed in the event of ties.

Meralco is guaranteed of the No. 5 seed and a best-of-three series in the quarters after posting a 7-4 record, while Rain or Shine, the sixth team that clinched a quarters berth, could either be sixth or seventh.

Tags: , , , ,



All Credit Goes There : Source link

Comments

comments