WITH the quarterfinal cast complete, the final playdate of the 2016 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup is now about the second and last twice-to-beat incentive and the final placings.
San Miguel Beer (7-3) can take the top ranking and the last twice-to-beat edge in the quarters when it takes on Talk ‘N Text (6-4) at 7 p.m. today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in the elimination round’s final game.
Prior to that, an equally crucial tiff takes place between Alaska (6-4) and NLEX (5-5) at 4:15 p.m. to open the show.
The Beermen can avoid complications as a win will give them the top spot and the last twice-to-beat advantage available, while making Meralco, which is already assured of a Top 2 finish, No. 2.
However, should they lose, that’s where all complications start.
If San Miguel loses, that will open up the No. 2 seed and it will be up for grabs depending on the quotient of the teams involved. In that scenario, there’s a possibility that San Miguel, Rain or Shine, Barangay Ginebra, Alaska and Talk ‘N Text may end up in a five-way tie for second place at 7-4.
Should that happen, or at least another deadlock scenario occurs, the quotient will come in to play to determine the Top 2 teams in a logjam. Then, a playoff for No. 2 will take place in that case.
A win will also give San Miguel the No. 8 seed Star as its opponent in the quarters.
The Aces and the Tropang Texters likewise need to win to keep their chances alive for the last twice-to-beat berth.
(Smart Araneta Coliseum)
4:15 p.m. – NLEX vs. Alaska
7 p.m. – San Miguel
vs. Talk ‘N Text