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The PBAologist: 16 scenarios left in Philippine Cup elims

Post by Ginebra Tambayan on Thu Dec 08, 2011 10:21 am

The PBAologist: 16 scenarios left in Philippine Cup elims
Fidel Mangonon III, special to InterAKTV· Wednesday, December 7, 2011 · 6:14 pm

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Only two playdates –- a total of four games — are left in the elimination round of the 2011-12 PBA Philippine Cup.

The remaining games are against B-MEG and Barako Bull versus Barangay Ginebra on Thursday and Alaska going up against Rain or Shine and Barangay Ginebra taking on Talk ‘N Text on Sunday. The games will held at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The eight-team quarterfinal cast has long been settled and two teams -– Alaska (3-10) and (0-13) — are going to be on early vacation and preparation for the Commissioner’s Cup.

For the Aces, it will mark only the third time in the last 32 conferences, or since the 1999 season, that they won’t be advancing past the elimination round and the first time since the 2009 Fiesta Conference.

For the Clickers, a bad date with history beckons in its final game against red-hot B-MEG on Thursday, as they try to avoid recording the all-time longest losing streak in a conference and all-time worst start in a season.

As for the eight quarterfinalists, the pairings have yet to be determined and it will be based on how they finish the elimination round.

It will be No. 1-versus-No. 8 and No. 2-versus-7 with the top two having a twice-to beat advantage.

The other two quarterfinals will be best-of-three affairs with No. 3 going up against No. 6 and No. 4 against No. 5 in the other.

So far, only Powerade has a lock on its finish. The Tigers, who will finish the elims at No. 8 no matter what happens in the last two playdayes, are either going to face defending champion Talk ‘N Text or B-MEG.

The Tropang Texters, with its 10 wins, are already assured of a top two finish as a result of its classic 80-78 win over Petron Blaze last Tuesday, even if it loses it last game against Barangay Ginebra on Sunday in the final game of the elims. If they beat the Kings, they will be No. 1 after the elims for an unheard of — at least for me —sixth straight conference.

B-MEG will finish the eliminations as the No. 1 team if it beats Thursday and Talk ‘N Text loses to Ginebra. That’s because it has the better quotient against Talk ‘N Text if they both end up at 10-4.

Should the the Llamados lose to the Clickers — unlikely, but still a possibility — B-MEG will still end up in a playoff against Petron Blaze for the other twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, no matter what happens in the remaining games. That’s because it’ll be B-MEG and the Boosters which will end up with superior PBA quotients in case of three-way or four-way ties at 9-5.

Which means Barangay Ginebra and Rain or Shine are already out of the race for a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

The Gin Kings are simply hoping not to fall to No. 7, which will mean a twice-to-win disadvantage in the quarterfinals against the No. 2 team. That will happen if they lose their two remaining games against Barako Bull on Thursday and Talk ‘N Text on Sunday.

For the complete picture on the remaining sixteen scenarios, please refer to the tables below.

In case of ties, the PBA quotient system will apply — total points for, divided by total points against, among teams involved only.

The plus-minus differentials were used in most of the ties below as references only since they are a bit similar and easier to compute. The only difference between the two systems is when two teams, for example, have the same point-differentials but not in the PBA quotient system.

A perfect example is in the 4-way tie possibility at 9-5 wherein Rain or Shine and Barangay Ginebra both have 9-5 records along with Petron Blaze and B-MEG and the Elasto Painters and the Kings have similar minus-11 differentials. But in the PBA quotient system, Rain or Shine turned out more superior largely because it scored more points in the games involved.

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Re: The PBAologist: 16 scenarios left in Philippine Cup elims

Post by rentboy on Thu Dec 08, 2011 10:28 am

Nice. Thanks Mod Fast.

Sna manalo BGK sa last to games nila this elims.

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