Leaders San Mig, Aces in separate foes today-A A +A
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Quarterfinal round starts today
5:15 p.m. - Meralco vs. Barako Bull
7:30 p.m. - San Mig Coffee vs. Alaska
Standings W L
*Petron 8 1
*San Mig 6 3
*Meralco 5 4
*Rain or Shine 5 4
W-Globalport 4 5
W-Barako Bull 4 5
W-Alaska 4 5
Y-Ginebra 3 6
Y-Talk ‘N Text 3 6
Air 21 3 6
*-clinched quarterfinal and twice-to-beat
W-Clinched quarterfinal slot
Y- Playoff for 8th spot
SECOND seed San Mig Coffee takes on No. 7 Alaska Aces while No. 3 Meralco Bolts faces No. 6 Barako Bull today in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 Governor’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
Both the Coffee Mixers and the Meralco B-Boys enjoy a twice-to-beat edge over their opponents, which means that Alaska and the Energy Cola Boosters need to win twice to reach the semifinal round.
The winner in the San Mig-Alaska game, as well as the quarterfinal game between Meralco and Barako Bull, will face each other in the best-of-five semifinal round.
The other quarterfinal pairings pit top seed Petron Blaze against either Ginebra or Talk ‘N Text, which were still playing in a sudden death match at press time to dispute the No. 8 spot. The No. 4 finisher Rain or Shine faces No. 5 Globalport in the other quarterfinal game tomorrow at the Mall of Asia Arena.
This will be Meralco’s third quarterfinal appearance since joining the league in 2010.
Coach Ryan Gregorio’s squad reached the semifinals in the Governor’s Cup last year.
Gregorio will now use Jared Dillinger, who arrived only last Saturday from the US, where he is recuperating from an injury caused by a vehicular accident.
“This will be the first time that we will be playing with a complete line-up. We are very happy to enjoy twice-to-beat edge. It’s really a big advantage for us,” said Gregorio, who has three PBA championships in his belt.
They will be facing Barako Bull, which finished the single round elimination with a 4-5 win-loss slate along with Alaska and Globalport but wound-up settling for the sixth spot due to inferior quotient.
In their previous battle, Barako Bull escaped with a close 90-89 win over Meralco last Aug. 18, thanks to Michael Singletary’s 28 points on top of 14 rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Eman Monfort and Danny Seigle also combined for 34 points and 16
rebounds in that victory that saw them struggling in the first two quarters, 41-49.
Even without Marc Pingres, San Mig Coffee still crashed Alaska, 95-82, in their first meeting last Sept. 10, courtesy of Marqus Blakely, who fired 22 points and hauled down 28 rebounds and dished-off 8 assists, a steal and a block. Allein Maliksi, Mark Barroca and June Peter Simon also combined for 44 points and nine rebounds in that game.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 25, 2013.