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Playoff bonuses up for grabs on final day of Governors’ Cup prelims

The fate of 6 teams and their shot at landing a spot in the top 4 and grabbing a twice-to-beat advantage boils down to the last two games of the elimination round of the PBA Governors' Cup on Sunday.

Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer (7-3) will tackle league-leading Meralco (8-2) at 6:45 p.m., which comes after the equally crucial Star-NLEX tussle at 4:30 p.m. at Araneta Coliseum.

Merlaco's Ranidel de Ocampo and SMB's Arwind Santos. ABS-CBN News photo
If Meralco and NLEX (7-3) win, they will join early qualifier TNT in the top 4 for the twice-to-beat bonus. In this scenario, Barangay Ginebra will also gain a berth.

If San Miguel and Star (6-4) win, the Beermen will tie Meralco, TNT and Ginebra with identical 8-3 records, awarding them top-4 tickets.

Any scenario besides those will require a tiebreaker to determine both halves of the quarterfinal bracket.

Only TNT is safely through to the top 4.

After a shaky start to the conference, San Miguel, needing one more championship to complete the Triple Crown, has won 4 straight games, including its streak-busting win over Ginebra and a close shave against winless Kia.

The Beermen face a Meralco crew, riding a 3-game winning streak, that's just as hot since acquiring Ranidel de Ocampo via trade from TNT.

Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/09/24/17/pba-playoff-bonuses-up-for-grabs-on-final-day-of-governors-cup-prelims

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