Going to Sunday’s last two games in the elimination round of the PBA Governors Cup – Meralco vs Barako Bull and Rain or Shine against Talk ‘N Text – here’s how the teams stack up in the standings:
Only the Top 6 teams after the eliminations will advance to the semifinals, which will be a single round-robin affair, like the elims, and with their win-loss records carried over.
Rain or Shine, Talk ‘N Text, Barangay Ginebra, Petron Blaze and B-Meg – following its 108-98 overtime win over Powerade in Legazpi City Saturday -- are already assured of place in the semifinals, regardless of Sunday’s result of the RoS-TNT game.
Only one semis berth is up for grabs and fighting it out for those are Meralco, Powerade and Barako Bull.
Alaska and Air21 are already out of the semis picture with their 2-7 records.
The Bolts simply need to beat the Energy to complete the semis cast and shut the playoffs door on the latter and the Tigers. In this case, the semis will begin on Wednesday.
If Barako Bull wins over Meralco, a double playoff to decide the sixth and last semifinals will ensue.
In this scenario, the team with the highest PBA quotient gets a bye and the two others knock each other out on Tuesday. The winner faces the team with the best PBA quotient the following day and the semis start Friday in Antipolo.
If the Energy win against the Bolts Sunday, the scores will count in the computation for their PBA quotients. The Energy actually need to win by at least five points to earn a bye. Otherwise, it's the Bolts who will gain the privilege and leave Powerade and Barako Bull fight it out in the first knockout game.
In the three previous conferences with this same format, five wins usually turn out to be the magic number to advance to the next round after the end of the elims.
It has proven to be the same in this conference.
The table below of the four remaining scenarios of how the elims will possibly end should give everyone a clearer picture.
Shown below for easy reference purposes only are the point differentials of the three teams that are going to be tied for the last semis berth up for grabs. They are different from the PBA quotient system that is actually going to be used to break ties but very similar and are usually reliable.
The Top 2 teams after the semis will figure in the best-of-7 series for the championship.
The 4-of-5 incentive is in effect in the semis. Meaning, if a team wins 4 of its 5 games in the semis and fails to make it to the Top 2, it will figure in a playoff for a Finals berth against the No. 2 team.
The complete conduct of resolution of ties after the elims and semis are available at http://www.pba.ph/blogs/entry/277.