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Alaska, GlobalPort dispute last quarterfinal ride

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By Ivan Saldajeno

LOS BAÑOS--Only one team from Alaska and GlobalPort can move on to the quarterfinals of the PBA Commissioner's Cup.

The only way to settle their score is one game on Sunday night.

The Aces and the Batang Pier collide in the wildcard playoff at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay at 6:30 p.m. to decide who will get the last seat in the next round.

Both teams are actually tied with Phoenix for seventh place at 4-7, but Phoenix has the best quotient among them, giving the team the outright seventh seed, setting up the Alaska-GlobalPort showdown for the eighth seed. Only a tie for eighth place will be settled by a rubber match with quotients to be first given consideration in case three or more teams are tied for eighth.

The Batang Pier got a huge boost with the signing of Justin Harper, getting back-to-back wins that put them closer to an outright quarterfinal spot, but their bid was derailed by a loss to the San Miguel Beermen on Friday night.

Meanwhile, the Aces lost their last seven games following a 4-0 start, putting them in the must-win game to avoid elimination.

The winner will take on top-seeded Ginebra, armed with a twice-to-beat advantage, in the quarterfinals.

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