THE PBA-League Foundation Cup is down to its final day of the eliminations on Thursday. However, with the exception of top-rank NLEX, the seedings for the playoffs have yet to be decided.
Entering Thursday’s tripleheader, two teams are still vying for the final outright semifinal berth, and four teams are still locked in a logjam for fifth spot with one team possibly joining them at the end of the eliminations.
The top two teams will automatically advance to the semifinals while the next four teams move to the quarterfinals with the third- and fourth-ranked teams having twice-to-beat incentives in the quarterfinals.
Under conference rules, ties between two teams are broken by their head-to-head match-ups. For three or more teams, the quotient system will be used gto break the ties.
Prior to Thursday’s tripleheader, here are the team standings:
Blackwater Sports 8-3
Boracay Rum 6-4
Big Chill 6-5
EA Regen 6-5
Cebuana Lhuillier 6-5
Cagayan Valley 6-5
Café France 5-6
Jumbo Plastic 4-6
Hog’s Breath 1-9
The games on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City are as follows:
12 noon – Jumbo Plastic vs. NLEX
2 p.m. – Boracay Rum vs. Fruitas
4 p.m. – Hog’s Breath Café vs. Informatics
Only one game, however, will have implications on the seedings and that is the Boracay Rum-Fruitas match-up.
Based on an unofficial computation of Spin.ph, there are two possible scenarios at the end of the elimination round.
1. Boracay Rum beats Fruitas
Blackwater Sports (2) 8-3
Boracay Rum (3) 7-4 winner-over-the-other
Fruitas (4) 7-4
Big Chill (5) 6-5 +25, 1.10
EA Regen (6) 6-5 +11, 1.05
Cebuana Lhuillier 6-5 -15, 0.93
Cagayan Valley 6-5 -21, 0.92
Blackwater Sports will grab the final outright semifinal berth with Boracay Rum and Fruitas ending up tied for third on 7-4 win-loss slates. The Waves, however, will have the No. 3 seeding due to the winner-over-the-other rule.
Fruitas will get No. 4 but, like the Waves, will still have a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.
Four teams will have a 6-5 win-loss slate with Big Chill and EA Regen Medical Group taking No. 5 and No. 6 respectively due to superior quotients. Cebuana Lhuillier and Cagayan Valley will be eliminated.
Quarterfinal matches will pit Boracay Rum versus EA Regen, and Fruitas against Big Chill.
2. Fruitas beats Boracay Rum
Fruitas (2) 8-3 Fruitas defeated Blackwater Sports
Blackwater Sports (3) 8-3
Big Chill (4) 6-5 +47 1.16
EA Regen (5) 6-5 +11 1.003
Cagayan Valley (6) 6-5 -3 0.99
Cebuana Lhuillier 6-5 -13 0.95
Boracay Rum 6-5 -32 0.901
Fruitas will clinch the second outright semifinal berth since the Shakers won over Blackwater Sports in double overtime in their elimination-round game. The Elite will slide to No. 3.
There will be five teams with a 6-5 win-loss card but Big Chill will have the fourth spot and the final twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals due to a superior quotient.
EA Regen and Cagayan Valley take No. 5 and No. 6. Cebuana Lhuillier and Boracay Rum will be eliminated.
The quarterfinal matches will be Blackwater Sports against Cagayan Valley, and Big Chill against EA Regen.