It is now playoff time at the PBA as the Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals begin on April 21. Here are our take on the different matchups.
(1) Talk ‘N Text vs (8) Ginebra – the Tropang Texters have been undefeated so far in this short conference, and with it comes the twice-to-beat advantage. The Kings, on the other hand, will try to relive the spirit of 1999 when Bal David’s game-winner sent giant Asi Taulava to tears.
(2) San Miguel Beermen vs (7) Air21 Express – just like in the Philippine Cup, the Beermen, then the Petron Blaze Boosters, roared off the gates. This time, they won enough games to net them the other twice-to-beat advantage. Whether Express coach Franz Pumaren and his ragtag crew can upset the stacked San Miguel lineup remains to be seen.
(3) Alaska Aces vs (6) San Mig Coffee Mixers – the defending champions were a game short of taking the second seed as they had to recover from a 1-3 start. The Mixers, on the other hand, have been decimated by injuries the entire conference as they once again hover in the middle of the pack. How this best-of-three series plays out will be interesting as both teams have their own motivations going into the playoffs.
(4) Rain or Shine Elasto Painters vs (5) Meralco Bolts – the Philippine Cup runnerup had a slow start before picking it up by winning four of its last five matches in the eliminations. The Bolts, meanwhile, have to ride on Darnell Jackson the rest of the way after fan favourite Brian Butch was sent home due to an illness. Rain or Shine is expected to take this one, but it will not be a surprise if Meralco sends this into a do-or-die encounter.
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