Barangay Ginebra battles Phoenix for last QF spot

Published September 23, 2021, 10:17 PM

by Jonas Terrado

Photo from PBA

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and Phoenix Super LPG, both given new lease of life, will meet on Saturday, Sept. 25 in a playoff for the eighth and final quarterfinals berth in the PBA Philippine Cup.

The PBA has scheduled at 4:35 p.m. tipoff at the Don Honorio Ventura State University in Bacolor, Pampanga, with the going to the quarters to face top seed TNT, which holds a twice-to-beat advantage.

Both teams along with Terrafirma finished tied with identical 4-7 slates, but Phoenix and Ginebra earned the right to meet in the do-or-die affair due to superior quotients.

Ginebra and Phoenix received second chances to extend their campaigns following the results of the final elimination round playdate Thursday, Sept.23.

Phoenix was assured of a playoff after Ginebra absorbed a 79-66 loss to Meralco in the opening match.

Despite falling short against Meralco, Ginebra stayed alive following NorthPort’s 122-94 rout of Alaska.

A NorthPort defeat would have eliminated Ginebra and put Terrafirma in a playoff opposite Phoenix.

Instead, Terrafirma will miss the quarterfinals for the 11th straight conference.

Ginebra holds the psychological edge over Phoenix after rallying from 19 points down in the first quarter to take a 94-87 win last Sept. 15.

But the Gin Kings won just two out of seven matches since the Philippine Cup resumed this month in Bacolor.

Not helping are the MCL sprain of Japeth Aguilar, who missed the final three matches of the elims, and the entry of Scottie Thompson into the league’s health and safety protocols.

The Fuel Masters, on the other hand, split their six games following the restart.

 
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