Playoff inserting, Ginebra survival spotlight elimination homestretch



Christian Standhardinger (with ball) and the Kings have been struggling. —PBA IMAGES

Playoff positioning within the PBA Philippine Cup will hit fever pitch this week with defending champion Barangay Ginebra to busy itself getting out of a bind.

With 5 groups already completed with their elimination spherical assignments and solely two issues assured to date—TNT claiming No. 1 and the primary twice-to-beat quarterfinal privilege and Blackwater already eradicated with the worst dropping streak in league historical past—everybody within the center will probably be jockeying for the absolute best positions at Don Honorio Ventura State College Fitness center in Bacolor, Pampanga.

Stats chief Fidel Mangonon III on Monday afternoon shared 16 eventualities to media for the approaching week the place San Miguel Beer, Alaska, NLEX and NorthPort are additionally scheduled to complete their elimination spherical assignments.

Ginebra has a match in opposition to Meralco left and the Gin Kings would wish at least a win to remain alive within the hunt and hope the outcomes of the opposite video games go their approach to advance and not using a hitch.

A loss will nonetheless open a window for the Kings, although very small. Tim Cone and his costs would wish NorthPort to win in opposition to Alaska to set off a sudden demise in opposition to Phoenix Tremendous LPG for the final playoff berth, which isn’t really a very good hand since it might require beating the Tropang Giga two straight instances to make the Remaining 4.

The very best that Ginebra might hope for is qualifying because the seventh seed, which would require, first, a win over Meralco, after which a San Miguel victory over Alaska, an NLEX conquer its sister crew Meralco and the Aces prevailing in opposition to NorthPort.

Being No. 7 additionally carries a quarterfinal burden as it might imply beating No. 2 twice. Meralco, in the meantime, has two video games left and will bag the bonus with only a break up, easing Magnolia right down to No. 3.

Coming to this week, the Hotshots maintain an 8-3 document and the Bolts 7-2, and in case each find yourself tied, Meralco will seize No. 2 due to a 95-94 win of their solely elimination spherical conflict right here.

Terrafirma stays within the hunt for a playoff spot regardless of closing out with a 4-7 document.

Of the 16 eventualities, three will nonetheless afford the Dyip an opportunity at making the quarterfinals by way of the again door. INQ

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