ONLY three games remain in the eliminations of the 2014 PLDT Homepad PBA Governors Cup:
Sunday, June 15 (Smart Araneta Coliseum)
3:00 p.m. Alaska vs. Barako Bull
5:15 p.m. Talk ‘N Text vs Barangay Ginebra
Monday, June 16 (Smart Araneta Coliseum)
8:00 p.m. Rain or Shine vs. San Mig Coffee
Here are the current team standings:
Talk ‘N Text 6-2
San Mig Coffee 5-3
Rain or Shine 5-3
Brgy. Ginebra 5-3
San Miguel Beer 5-4
Barako Bull 3-5
The conference format states that the Top 8 teams after the elims will advance to the quarterfinals with the Top 4 teams having the twice-to-beat advantage in the following quarterfinal pairings:
1 vs 8
2 vs 7
3 vs 6
4 vs 5
The quarterfinals begin on Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum starting off with the 1 vs 8 and 4 vs 5 pairings. Wednesday, also at the Big Dome, will have the 2 vs 7 and 3 vs pairings.
In case of ties, the PBA quotient, or in simple cases with just two teams tied, just the winner-over-the-other rule, will determine how the tied teams will be ranked – total points scored divided by the total points allowed in games involving the tied teams only.
The following are sure for now:
1) Talk ‘N Text is already assured of a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals with its six wins against a still undetermined opponent.
2) Monday’s winner between Rain or Shine and San Mig Coffee will also get to six wins and thus will also be assured of a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. Same with Barangay Ginebra if it beats Talk ‘N Text.
3) Meralco and GlobalPort are eliminated; the Bolts can still tie Barako Bull at 3-6 (if Alaska wins its last game) but since the Energy beat Meralco 95-94 in the conference-opening game, it will still be Barako Bull advancing to the quarterfinals.
Based on the three remaining games in the elims, here are the eight remaining scenarios with the corresponding point differentials or PBA quotients:
For Rain or Shine, a win over San Mig Coffee on Monday will mean a Top 4 finish automatically. It can also still finish in the Top 4 even if it loses, as long as Alaska beats Barako Bull. That’s because of the huge 51-point win of the Elasto Painters over the Aces last June 4 which will be a big help in the scenarios in the event they end up tied at 5-4 with Alaska and other teams.
For San Mig Coffee, it will finish in the Top 4 with a win over Rain or Shine on Monday, or even if it loses so long as Barangay Ginebra also loses to Talk ‘N Text Sunday.
The Kings will automatically have twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals with a win over the Tropang Texters. If Barangay Ginebra loses, its only chance for a Top 4 finish is if Barako Bull beats Alaska and San Mig Coffee wins over Rain or Shine.
The Aces’ only chance for a Top 4 finish is if they win over Barako Bull and Rain or Shine beats San Mig Coffee. An Alaska loss or a San Mig Coffee win will mean a twice-to-win disadvantage in the quarterfinals for the Aces.
San Miguel Beer will automatically be in the Top 4 if Barako Bull beats Alaska. The Beermen will still be in the Top 4 with a Barako Bull loss to Alaska if Talk ‘N Text beats Brgy. Ginebra and San Mig Coffee wins over Rain or Shine.
Air21 and Barako Bull have no more shots at a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.