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    Victory tonight won't ensure playoff berth, but San Miguel goes all out in final elims match against Globalport

    Mar 24, 2015
    Coach Leo Austria knows the Beermen's fate is not entirely in their hands now. Jaime Campos

    WITH just a slim chance of making the playoffs, San Miguel Beer goes hard and all-out for a victory when it collides with GlobalPort on Tuesday in the penultimate playdate of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    The Beermen enter the match holding 11th spot with a 3-7 record, and will be gunning for a big win while hoping for the best when the quotient system is applied.

    “Any scenario that we have right now is a good opportunity for us,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria, whose team got a thorough beating from Talk ’N Text, 113-93, last week.

    [See Ivan Johnson scores 41 as Talk 'N Text downs San Miguel Beer]

    “But win or lose, we have to give it our best. We have to finish it strong. Of course, we’ll be aiming for the win.”

    San Miguel, the reigning Philippine Cup champion, gets a shot at the last quarterfinal spot via a quotient tiebreak with a big margin of victory over GlobalPort.

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    But the Beermen’s playoff chances also hinge on a loss by Barako Bull to NLEX as well as Alaska dropping its game against Barangay Ginebra on Wednesday.

    On the other hand, GlobalPort can make things simpler if it beats San Miguel Beer due to its elimination-round wins over KIA (100-89), Barako Bull (99-81) and Alaska (95-73).

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