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    Final playdate will have big say on playoff fates of Ginebra and Meralco

    Apr 15, 2013
    Depending on the result of Meralco's game against Rain or Shine, Alfrancis Chua and his Barangay Ginebra Kings face a best-of-three quarterfinal series against either San Mig or Petron, or a match-up against a twice-to-beat Painters side. Jerome Ascano

    THERE are only two games remaining in the 2013 PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations which will end Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum:

                    5:15 p.m.             Rain or Shine vs. Meralco

                    7:30 p.m.             Talk ‘N Text vs Petron Blaze

    Here are the things that have already been cast in stone after the results of last Sunday’s games:

    1) The eight-team cast for the quarterfinals or first round of the playoffs has been set.

    2) Barako Bull and Globalport are eliminated.

    3) Alaska and Rain or Shine will be the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds, respectively, in the playoffs and will have twice-to-beat advantages in the quarterfinals against the Nos. 8 and 7 teams, again respectively.

    4) The only certain quarterfinal pairing is No. 1 Alaska vs. No. 8 Air21.

    5) The rankings that will be determined based on the results of the last two games on Wednesday are Nos. 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

    6) The two best-of-three quarterfinals pitting 4-vs-5 and 3-vs-6 will begin Friday, April 19, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    7) The two other quarterfinals pitting No. 1 Alaska against No. 8 Air21 and No. 2 Rain or Shine against the No. 7 team will commence on Saturday, April 20, at the MOA Arena.

    Here are the current team standings as of last Sunday’s results:

                                              W        L

    1          Alaska                    11         3
    2          Rain or Shine          9          4
    x          San Mig Coffee       8           6
    x          Talk ‘N Text             7          6
    x          Petron Blaze           7          6
    x          Barangay Ginebra   7          7
    x          Meralco                   6          7
    8          Air21                       6          8
    9          Barako Bull             5          9
    10       Globalport               2          12

    There are only four (4) remaining scenarios that can happen at the end of Wednesday’s games and here are the corresponding team standings, PBA quotients, and resulting quarterfinals pairings for each scenario:

    Continue reading below ↓

    1. Rain or Shine beats Meralco; Talk ‘N Text wins over Petron Blaze

                                               W        L

    1          Alaska                     11       3
    2          Rain or Shine          10       4
    3          San Mig Coffee        8          6 (Mixers beat Tropang Texters twice, 90-82 & 83-82)
    4          Talk ‘N Text              8          6
    5          Petron Blaze            7          7 (Boosters beat Kings, 105-90)
    6          Barangay Ginebra    7          7
    7          Meralco                    6          8 (Bolts beat Express, 89-88)
    8          Air21                        6          8
    9          Barako Bull              5          9
    10       Globalport                2          12

    Quarterfinals: Alaska (twice-to-beat) vs. Air21

                           Rain or Shine (twice-to-beat) vs. Meralco

                           Best-of-three - San Mig Coffee vs. Barangay Ginebra

                           Best-of-three - Talk ‘N Text vs. Petron Blaze

     2. Rain or Shine beats Meralco; Petron Blaze wins over Talk ‘N Text

                                                 W        L

    1          Alaska                       11       3
    2          Rain or Shine            10       4
    3          Petron Blaze             8          6 (Boosters beat Mixers, 98-73)
    4          San Mig Coffee          8          6

    5          Talk ‘N Text                7          7 +7 (1.04) 100-86, 100-107
    6          Barangay Ginebra      7          7 -7 (0.97)
    7          Meralco                      6          8 (Bolts beat Express, 89-88)
    8          Air21                          6          8
    9          Barako Bull                5          9
    10       Globalport                  2          12

    Quarterfinals: Alaska (twice-to-beat) vs. Air21

                           Rain or Shine (twice-to-beat) vs. Meralco

                           Best-of-three - Petron Blaze vs. Barangay Ginebra

                           Best-of-three -   San Mig Coffee vs. Talk ‘N Text

     3. Meralco beats Rain or Shine; Talk ‘N Text wins over Petron Blaze

                                                 W        L

    1          Alaska                       11       3
    2          Rain or Shine             9          5
    3          San Mig Coffee          8          6 (Mixers beat Tropang Texters twice, 90-82 & 83-82)
    4          Talk ‘N Text                8          6
    5          Petron Blaze              7          7          +7, 1.025
    6          Meralco                      7          7          +4, 1.011
    7          Barangay Ginebra      7          7          -11, 0.960
    8          Air21                          6          8
    9          Barako Bull                5          9
    10       Globalport                  2          12

    Quarterfinals: Alaska (twice-to-beat) vs. Air21

                           Rain or Shine (twice-to-beat) vs. Barangay Ginebra

                           Best-of-three - San Mig Coffee vs. Meralco

                           Best-of-three - Talk ‘N Text vs. Petron Blaze

     4. Meralco beats Rain or Shine; Petron Blaze wins over Talk ‘N Text

                                                   W        L

    1          Alaska                         11       3
    2          Rain or Shine              9          5
    3          Petron Blaze               8          6 (Boosters routed Mixers 98-73)
    4          San Mig Coffee            8          6

    5          Meralco                       7          7          +3, 1.01
    6          Talk ‘N Text                 7          7          0, 1.0
    7          Barangay Ginebra       7          7          -3, 0.99
    8          Air21                           6          8
    9          Barako Bull                 5          9
    10       Globalport                   2          12

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    Quarterfinals: Alaska (twice-to-beat) vs. Air21

                           Rain or Shine (twice-to-beat) vs. Barangay Ginebra

                           Best-of-three - Petron Blaze vs. Talk ‘N Text

                           Best-of-three- San Mig Coffee vs. Meralco

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