Reigning champion Purefoods Star Hotshots look to keep its title defense bid rolling as they begin their best-of-three quarterfinals series against the Alaska Aces at the start of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs Friday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Purefoods and Alaska collide at 7 p.m. after the sister squads NLEX Road Warriors and Meralco Bolts also open their own best-of-three affair at 4:15 p.m. Both games will be aired live on TV5.
The Hotshots, which finished third in the standings, seem to have an edge against the sixth-seed Aces this conference after a 108-88 rout in their last encounter on February 3.
Led by import Denzel Bowles and old reliable trio of James Yap, Marc Pingris and PJ Simon, Purefoods is aiming to score another win over the Aces in Game One to move just a win away from the semifinals....
His team not only survived a do-or-die game under the pressure of a hostile crowd, but won by just enough points to reach the quotient requirement to clinch the sixth seed and avoided twice-to-win disadvantage in the playoffs.
But the Aces are not out of the woods yet as they face defending champion Purefoods in a best-of-three series....
Cone said that they may be among the top three teams after the elimination round, but the Aces, whom he used to coach, will be hard to beat.
“Alaska it is, and we probably could not have picked a tougher opponent,” said the Hotshots coach said in the PBA website....
The 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoff matchups are now all set, with top two teams Rain or Shine and Talk ‘N Text enjoying twice-to-beat advantage over their respective foes No.8 Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and No.7 Barako Bull in the quarterfinals.
No.3 Purefoods and No.6 Alaska will be tangling in a best-of-three affair as well as sister teams No.4 NLEX and No.5 Meralco.
The PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs will begin on Friday....
MANILA, Philippines – The Purefoods Hotshots will have a few days to rest and recover after wrapping up their elimination round campaign in the PBA Commissioner's Cup with a 96-85 victory over Meralco last Friday.
The win was Purefoods' fourth in a row and put them at the top of the league standings with an 8-3 record, though their Top Two spot is still in limbo with Rain or Shine and Talk 'N Text playing Sunday.
"Ito 'yung chance namin na makapag-pahinga," Purefood's superstar James Yap told PBA.ph. "Kumbaga, recovery."...
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||8||3||0.727|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||6||6||0.500||7th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600||Champions|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||12||9||0.571||Champions|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||17||13||0.567||Champions|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||14||8||0.636||Champions|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||11||10||0.524||3rd|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||13||8||0.619||3rd|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||13||9||0.591||Runner-up|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||15||9||0.625||Champions|