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    ABL SCENARIOS: Thailand, Singapore fight for right to meet top-seeded Beermen in playoffs

    May 13, 2013

    SAN MIGUEL has already clinched the top spot in the Asean Basketball League regular season, but on who the Beermen will face in the first round of the playoffs is still up in the air.

    By entending their winning streak to 15 games on Saturday after getting past Sports Rev Thailand, 76-69, the Beermen have already assured themselves of homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs.

    But with still one week to go in the eliminations, fourth spot - and the right to face the top-seeded Beermen in the playoffs - is still being contested by the Slammers and Singapore Slingers.

    After games of  May 11, the current standings are:

    San Miguel 18-3

    Indonesia 15-6

    Malaysia 11-8

    Thailand 7-14

    Singapore 7-14

    Saigon 3-16

    In their final stand for a berth in the best-of-five semifinals, Thailand will face cellar-dweller Saigon Heat on Wednesday in Bangkok, while the Singapore plays a day earlier at home against the second-ranked defending champions Indonesia Warriors.

    Here is a short rundown on the playoffs scenario going into the final week of the ABL regular season:

    Singapore wins over Indonesia, Thailand loses to Saigon

    The Slingers advance to the semifinals to face the Beermen by virtue of a better record.

    Thailand wins over Saigon, Singapore loses to Indonesia

    The Slammers will take fourth spot for the right to take on the Beermen in the semifinals by virtue of a better record.

    Thailand and Singapore either both win or lose

    The Slammers will grab fourth spot by virtue of a better head-to-head match-up with the Slingers at 3-2. Hence, Singapore’s game against the Warriors on Tuesday makes it a must-win for the Slingers.

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