Globalport guns for q’final twice-to-beat edge vs Aces | Inquirer Sports

Globalport guns for q’final twice-to-beat edge vs Aces

By: - Reporter / @MusongINQ
/ 12:07 AM June 23, 2015

GLOBALPORT shoots for the last twice-to-beat incentive Tuesday when it squares off with No. 1 Alaska in the penultimate elimination-round playdate of the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.

Game time is 4:15 p.m. with the Batang Pier looking to seal their best-ever elimination-round performance with a win—and the No. 4 seeding—and push the defending champion Star Hotshots down into the bottom half.

The scenario is simple for Globalport if it wins, but a loss could even relegate the Batang Pier to as low as sixth place in the standings.

Star, which has a two-game streak going, guns for a third straight win against ousted Blackwater in the 7 p.m. contest.

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If Globalport wins, it would close out the elimination round with a 7-4 record, which the Hotshots won’t reach even with a win over the Elite. A loss, however, would drag the Batang Pier into a three-way tie for No. 4 with the idle Barako Bull Energy and, possibly Star at 6-5.

Should that happen, Globalport could have the worst record when the tie is broken via the quotient system, since the Batang Pier defeated Star by just two, 91-89 last May 12, but lost to Barako Bull, 123-114, last June 7.

The Hotshots, on the other hand, bamboozled the listless Energy on Sunday, 117-89.

“Our spirits are high, we know what’s at stake,” Globalport coach Pido Jarencio told the Inquirer.

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Jarrid Famous has been an awesome force underneath for the Batang Pier, who are also drawing a lot of firepower from the streak-shooting Terrence Romeo and rookie Stanley Pringle.

The trio will be Globalport’s main weapons against Alaska, which is coming off a hard-earned 82-77 victory over San Miguel Beer just last Saturday in Panabo, Davao del Norte.

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Romeo Travis, the hero in that win over the Beermen, could get much-needed rest with nothing else at stake for the Aces, who will be drawing the lightest assignment in the quarterfinals.

Tournament format calls for Nos. 1 to 4 to square off with Nos. 8 to 5, in that order, needing to win just once in the quarterfinals to make the Final Four.

San Miguel is No. 2 and Rain or Shine, after closing out the eliminations with six straight wins capped by a 96-89 decision of Meralco on Sunday, is No. 3.

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The last playdate tomorrow will have KIA battling Meralco and NLEX taking on Barangay Ginebra.

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