ROS and Blackwater dispute final PH Cup playoff ticket

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 02, 2017 07:32 PM
ROS and Blackwater dispute final PH Cup playoff ticket
Featured in the crucial 7:00 p.m. clash are the Blackwater Elite and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters who both finished their respective 11-game sets with identical 5-6 marks.

The PBA's regular schedule was not enough to determine the eights teams that would advance in the 2017 Philippine Cup playoffs.

As such, one final knockout game will be played Friday at the Big Dome to determine the no. 8 seed for this year's All-Filipino. A date with two-time defending champion and no. 1 San Miguel Beer awaits the winner.

Featured in the crucial 7:00 p.m. clash are the Blackwater Elite and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters who both finished their respective 11-game sets with identical 5-6 marks.

The Elasto Painters come into Friday's game in much worse shape compared to the Elite as Rain or Shine has absolutely collapsed in the final stretches of the season-opening conference, losing four games in a row after a 5-2 start.

While they're no better in terms of record, the Elite actually had their best conference ever, winning five games over the course of one tournament for the first time in franchise history. Blackwater only won seven games in all of last season.

However, as surprising as Blackwater's performance is in the Philippine Cup, the Elite should still feel like they let thei campaign slip away.

The Ever Bilena franchise went 1-4 since Christmas of 2016, losing a chance to make the playoffs outright.

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