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Compton gives more thoughts on "crazy" playoff race

Alaska and Star are two of four teams chasing the other twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY—Almost a week after Alex Compton called on the PBA fans to witness the climax of one of the most exciting playoff races ever in league history by themselves, the Alaska coach gave another reason to watch the final week of the eliminations.

"It's crazy. As I was looking at it before the game, we could be tied at eighth, lose the playoff, and be done or we could finish second," the former MBA star said after the Aces blitzed past the Phoenix Fuel Masters at the Cuneta Astrodome on Friday night.

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The result made things wilder as a potential seven-way tie for second to eighth places became more probable, although the playoff picture took some shape as Phoenix is now virtually out of the running for the second seed and could fall down to as low as eighth after the quotients are calculated and Blackwater, which lost to Star two nights back, is now in danger of elimination.

However, when chief statistician Fidel Mangonon told everyone present at the post-game presser that Alaska is now virtually assured of a Top 6 finish which would keep the team from the twice-to-beat disadvantage, Compton got a sigh of relief.

"Party, guys! The water's on me," he jokingly said afterward.

He further said, "We don't want to be on the bad side of the twice-to-beat. Sa totoo lang, pareho lang naman ang 3 vs. 6 at 4 vs. 5, because they are three-game series. Once you slip to seventh or eighth, you're in trouble."

The Aces can at least lock in the third seed if they beat the Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters on Wednesday night at the said venue. However, the Aces can still finish second depending on how the TNT KaTropa will fare against the San Miguel Beermen on Saturday night at the Ynares Center in Antipolo at 5:15 p.m.

The Hotshots, another team with a shot at the second seed, will battle the also-ran Meralco Bolts in the curtain raiser at 3 p.m.

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