Alaska Aces survive Barako Energy Cola for fifth win in PBA

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Alaska turned back Barako Bull Energy Cola, 90-87, to end its elimination round campaign on a high note in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

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Guard Jayvee Casio scored 20 points to tow the Aces to a 5-4 card while the Energy Cola dropped to No. 8 with a 3-6 mark.

San Mig Coffee and Rain or Shine break their tie at second spot when they face each other in a crucial lone game on Monday.

The tight battle for the top four slots will only be determined in the last day of the elims as the Grandslam seeking Coffee Mixers tangle against the Elasto Painters at 8 p.m. Both teams are locked in a three-way tie at second along with Ginebra San Miguel Kings, who are bearing similar 5-3 slate.

Only Globalport (1-8) and Meralco (3-6) bowed out of contention,while the rest of the eight surviving teams will advance into the quarterfinal round starting immediately on Tuesday with the top seeded team facing No. 8, No. 2 against No.7 and No. 3 versus No. 6. The fourth seeded squad goes up against No. 5 with the top four squads enjoying twice-to-beat advantage.

Completing the elimination round at second spot is important for coach Tim Cone because they will be separated from solo leader Tropang Texters in the playoff bracket. The No. 1, No. 8, No. 4 and No. 5 will compose the first playoff bracket while the other bracket will be No. 2, No. 7, No. 3 and No. 6.

The winners will advance into the best-of-five semifinal round.

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