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    Five-way tie for second place in wild, wooly race to NCAA Final Four? Possible

    Oct 2, 2015
    Everything's to play for in heated race to the NCAA semifinals. Jerome Ascano

    THE chase for Final Four berths has just gotten even more chaotic following Arellano’s huge win over San Beda on Thursday.

    Needing a win to stay in the Final Four frame, the Chiefs defeated the six-time defending champion Red Lions, 91-72, in the process throwing the race for the semifinal berths wide open.

    As things stand now, the Chiefs are tied with University of Perpetual Help and Jose Rizal University for third place in the team standings with an 11-6 win-loss slate and still has a chance of breaking into the top two, which entails twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.

    [See Here's how six remaining NCAA hopefuls stand]

    San Beda, meanwhile, dropped to second place at 12-5 record, leaving Letran in solo first place with a 12-4 card.

    Letran, at this point, has the inside track on a top two berth which the Knights can secure with a victory against either San Beda or Perpetual Help in their remaining two games.

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    But the race is so close there is a possibility that five teams will end up in a tie for second place at the end of the elimination round. That will happen if:

    1. San Beda loses to Letran on Tuesday.

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    2. Perpetual Help loses to Letran on Thursday.

    3. Mapua wins against CSB and EAC in its remaining games.

    4. Arellano wins over EAC on Tuesday.

    5. JRU wins over San Sebastian on Thursday.

    How will the league break ties in such a scenario?

    In the past, the league breaks such ties through a classification phase in which the teams will be ranked from highest to lowest under the quotient system before playoffs are staged to determine both the qualifiers and their rankings in the Final Four.

    Interesting? You bet.

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