BULACAN and Paranaque secured the top two seeds and an outright semifinals berth at the end of the eliminations of the National Basketball League.
The Bulacan Makabayan beat the CamSur Express, 98-85, while the Paranaque Aces picked up wins over the Laguna Pistons, 81-80, and the Dasmariñas Ballers, 80-77, last week.
Bulacan and Paranaque finished the eliminations with 7-2 records.
Dominick Fajardo scored 22 and Jerick Sumampong added 21 for Bulacan.
Richmond Sunga had 26 points in Paranaque’s win over Laguna, while JR Galit had 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Aces in the victory over Dasmariñas.
The NBL playoffs begin on Wednesday with knockout quarterfinal matches at the Philippine Christian University-Dasmariñas gym. Third-seed Laguna Pistons face the sixth-seed Nueva Ecija Go Bespren at 4 p.m., and No. 4 CamSur Express battle No. 5 Dasmariñas Ballers at 6 p.m.