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    PBA scenarios: How Alaska can end up facing Cone, Ginebra in quarterfinals

    Mar 8, 2022
    Tim Cone and Ginebra against Alaska in the quarterfinals? Bring it on.

    ALASKA finished the PBA Season 46 Governors’ Cup eliminations with a 6-5 win-loss record and now awaits a win-or-go-home playoff game that could end up as the 35-year-old franchise's last in the pro league.

    Having failed to secure a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, the Aces now await their seeding in the playoff as well as their opponent, which, although remotely, can end up as Barangay Ginebra.

    A Ginebra-Alaska tussle will, of course, set up Gin Kings coach Tim Cone against the same team he led to 13 out of its 14 championships.

    Can it happen?

    In such a pairing, it will either be Cone putting an end to the PBA stint of the team he led to a 1996 grand slam, or Alaska extending its PBA farewell toyr at the expense of the most sucessful coach in franchise history.

    But for this to be even be a conversation, a lot should happen, and we mean a lot.


    Based on unofficial computations, Ginebra is actually still in the running for a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. Chances, however, are very slim since TNT must lose to also-ran Terrafirma and NorthPort, which will drop it to 5-6 and out of the playoff race. Meralco also must lose to Phoenix Super LPG.

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      Such a situation will lead to a five-way deadlock for fourth place among Ginebra, Alaska, Phoenix, NorthPort, and Meralco on 6-5 records. That will most likely put Ginebra at No. 4 due to the Gin Kings being 4-0 against the teams involved in the tie and with a superior points differential bolstered by a 26-point win over NorthPort last December 17.

      As for which will take the No. 5 slot, that will be dictated by the winning margin in the game between Phoenix and Meralco on Friday. As things stand, Alaska has the inside track for the No. 5 position with a -5 point differential, with Phoenix closely behind at -7 with a game left to play against Meralco. This means that a one-point Phoenix win would most likely arrange that Ginebra-Alaska quarterfinals.


      Don’t bank on it too much, though.

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