PUREFOODS Star coach Tim Cone on Tuesday slammed the current format of the PBA Philippine Cup that uses the quotient system to break ties and determine the seedings in the playoffs.
Instead of discussing Purefoods' 99-83 victory over Barako Bull to seal the seventh seeding in the playoffs on Tuesday, Cone used the postgame press conference to express his dislike for the format which he said is unfair to the teams whose placings drop due to the quotient.
“I’ve been very vocal in the past that I think it’s a great disservice to teams that get knocked out because of the quotient,” said Cone, whose team lost twice-to-beat privilege in the playoffs because of the tiebreak. “I’ve talked about that a number of times and I think it’s really a bad rule and a bad set-up.
“I just don’t believe that teams should lose their position, twice-to-beat or straight to the semis or knocked out of the conference, because of quotient.
"Quotient doesn't decide who’s better or who’s worst," added Cone.
Regardless the result of the GlobalPort-Meralco match on Tuesday night, Purefoods will find itself in a three-way tie for fifth place with a 6-5 win-loss card. However, the Hotshots were relegated to seventh seed due to the quotient rule which uses winning margins to break ties.
Purefoods lost a chance at a twice-to-beat advantage, which goes to the fifth and sixth place teams, due to the quotient rule. The Hotshots’ bid for a fifth straight title now hinges on a do-or-die series against either Meralco or Ginebra.
“If you want to (use the quotient) between three and four or four and five, fine. But not when it means something,” Cone said. “Again, I’ve been vocal about this in the past and I disliked it when it favored us. And this time, it didn’t favor us.”
Cone said the current format doesn’t fairly determine who are the best teams in the conference, citing its early loss to Ginebra to start off the tournament which readily put the Hotshots at a disadvantage under the quotient system.
“We lost to Ginebra by a big margin early in the conference when we weren’t quite settled. The whole idea is to determine who is the best team and you can’t decide the best team just by quotient. I just don’t agree with the format,” said Cone.
The two-time grand slam coach questioned why league officials had to use the format this season when the league is not rushing to finish its schedule, unlike last season when it had to cram to give Gilas Pilipinas ample preparation for the Fiba World Cup and Asian Games.
“I hope in the future, they change it again back to the idea that there are knockout games," he said. "I don’t know what we are rushing for."