Rain or Shine fights for its PBA Governors’ Cup life as the club battles Star in a crucial match-up on Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The Elasto Painters must beat the also-ran Hotshots in their 7 p.m. showdown to stay alive in contention for a quarterfinal berth as a loss will officially eliminate the E-Painters, giving the last outright quarterfinal spots to the Alaska Aces and the Phoenix Fuel Masters.
The Aces can actually clinch a quarterfinal spot by themselves with a win against the NLEX Road Warriors in another pivotal match-up at 4:15 p.m.
NLEX, following a computation of quotients done by PNA on Thursday, is heading the next round, but its final seeding will depend on the results of the Friday doubleheader.
A win will give NLEX the sixth seed, while a loss could drop the team to as low as eighth depending on the ROS-Star outcome. The Alaska-NLEX game will actually determine which team will finish sixth after the eliminations.
Assuming NLEX loses and ROS wins, NLEX will finish seventh, while ROS and Phoenix battle for the last quarterfinal seat.
Meanwhile, for Alaska, a loss plus a ROS win will relegate the team to a showdown with Phoenix for the eighth seed, effectively giving ROS an outright quarterfinal berth as the seventh seed.