Barangay Ginebra reigned as the elims king in an import-flavored tourney for the first time in 20 years and claimed the pole position in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoff round that fires-off Monday.
The Gin Kings got past the Mahindra Floodbuster, 94-80, at the close of the one-round-robin elims Friday night and bumped off the Star Hotshots and the San Miguel Beermen on top by virtue of a superior quotient.
It’s the first time Ginebra emerged on top in the elims of an import-laden confab since the 1997 Commissioner’s Cup with import Chris King.
As the playoff top seed, the Kings enjoy a crucial twice-to-beat advantage as they take on the last seed in the quarterfinals.
It’s Ginebra versus either GlobalPort or Alaska Milk.
“It’s good to be the top seed but there’s the high expectation you have to deal with. There’s still a tough team out there that we have to beat in the quarters,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone. – PBA
GINEBRA 94 – Brownlee 22, Aguilar 14, Cagiuoa 13, Mercado 9, Tenorio 8, Thompson 8, Devance 5, Ellis 4, Taha 2, Marcelo 2, Jamito 2, Cruz 2, Mariano 2, Ferrer 1.
MAHINDRA 80 – Wright 21, Khobuntin 16, Deutchman 13, Revilla 6, Pacquiao 6, Teng 5, Caperal 3, Camson 3, Celda 3, Yee 2, Salva 2, Ballesteros 0, Corpuz 0, Nimes 0, Paniamogan 0.
Quarterscores: 26-16, 47-33, 68-59, 94-80.