All is not over for Barangay Ginebra’s Honda PBA Philippine Cup title defense. And they received an unlikely assist from NorthPort.
Ginebra, Phoenix, and Terrafirma ended the elimination round with identical 4-7 slates. However, the Dyip held an inferior quotient compared to the Gin Kings (1.0110) and the Fuel Masters (1.0281) that resulted in their elimination.
Ginebra and Phoenix, on the other hand, will figure in a playoff for the eighth spot and the right to face the twice-to-beat TNT (10-1) on Saturday.
Meanwhile, NorthPort (6-5), who defeated Rain or Shine in the elimination round 91-88, will nab that fifth seed. It will face no. 4 San Miguel (7-4) in a best-of-three quarterfinal.
Other match-ups for the quarters are twice-to-beat powered no. 2 Meralco (9-2) taking on no. 7 NLEX (5-6); and no. 3 Magnolia (8-3) squaring off against no. 6 Rain or Shine (6-5) in a best-of-three series.