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    Alaska seeks to end skid with quarterfinal berth on the line against Blackwater

    Jul 14, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    ALASKA and Columbian Dyip go for broke Sunday as each seek out a win to stay alive in the race for the remaining quarterfinals berth of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

    The Aces battle Blackwater Elite in the curtain raiser of a doubleheader at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, before the Dyip clash with Barangay Ginebra Kings in the 6:45 p.m. main game.

    At 4-6, Alaska is a game ahead of the 3-7 Dyip, although the Aces are on a skid, losing their last four games.

    A win by Alaska however, would have the team advancing to the next round and shutting the playoffs door on Phoenix (4-7), Meralco (3-7), and Columbian Dyip even if it beats Ginebra in the second game.

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      While already assured of berths in the next round, both the Kings and Elite are still gunning for wins for a better placing in the playoffs. The two teams are tied for third to fourth places with 6-4 win-loss records.

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      Ginebra coach Tim Cone is not looking far ahead, where the possibility of facing long-time rival Magnolia in a best-of-three quarterfinal looms, and would rather focus first on taking care of the job against what he termed as an "underrated Columbian team."

      “Our goal is to just keep winning and gathering some momentum going into the playoffs,” he said. “After that, let the chips fall where they may.”

      After Sunday’s games, the eliminations will have its final playdate on Wednesday when San Miguel takes on Meralco and league-leader TnT Katropa meets Magnolia.

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