Reigning PHL Cup champ Texters aim to seal playoffs top ranking

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Reigning PHL Cup champ Texters aim to seal playoffs top ranking

Post by Ginebra Tambayan on Sun Dec 11, 2011 12:58 am

Reigning PHL Cup champ Texters aim to seal playoffs top ranking
December 10, 2011 9:51pm

Reigning PBA Philippine Cup champion Talk 'N Text battles Barangay Ginebra Sunday, seeking an all-important win that will seal its top ranking in the playoffs.

Holder of a 10-3 (win-loss) card, the league-leading Texters are already assured of a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals together with No. 2 B-MEG (10-4).

But a victory in their 6:30 p.m. encounter against the league's crowd darlings will give the telecommunications franchise the outright top spot where they just need a win over Powerade in the playoffs to march into the semifinal round.

A Talk 'N Text loss will forge a two-way tie on top along with B-MEG, but the Texters will be relegated to No. 2 as the Llamados own the playoff tiebreaker. If Talk 'N Text drops to No. 2, they will face No. 7 Barako.

The Texters will are still going to miss top playmaker Jimmy Alapag’s services, though back up guards Ryan Reyes and Jared Dillinger are likely to suit up.

"We're hoping that JD (Jared Dillinger) and Ryan can play (Sunday) but that will be a game-time decision," said Texters coach Chot Reyes. "Jimmy is still out. Still, we will go all out to try and get the W (win) and gain momentum for the playoffs."

But the Kings, although already assured of a berth in the best-of-three quarterfinal round, are also looking to win their final outing in the eliminations in the hope of avoiding a playoff showdown with sister-team Petron Boosters.

A Ginebra (8-5) loss and a win by Rain or Shine (8-5), which takes on also-ran Alaska in the 4:15 p.m. opening game, will have the Kings sliding down to No. 6 and a best-of-three face-off with the Boosters, while forging a Rain or Shine-Meralco match-up in the other quarterfinal series.

The Kings are currently riding a four-game winning run.

"We have to stay sharp mentally and physically for the transition game of TNT and stay focused on our defense," said Kings’ coach Siot Tanquingcen.

Victories and losses by both Ginebra and Rain or Shine will have Petron claiming the No. 2 spot. The Kings are going to finish fifth behind Rain or Shine, and Meralco will be relegated to sixth place.

A Ginebra win, and a Rain or Shine defeat will have the Kings finishing as the third-ranked team. Petron then goes down to No. 4 while Rain or Shine and Meralco will end up at fifth and sixth, respectively. — JVP, GMA News

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