NorthPort is on the cusp of enhancing what is already a franchise-best performance in the PBA, but coach Pido Jarencio has no time to comb through records.
Jarencio and his gang can shoot for No. 1 ranking after securing the club’s first twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs when the Batang Pier clashes with Meralco to end their elimination round schedule Friday at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.
But even that difference is far from the mind of Jarencio. He just wants his boys to simply play well with the playoffs coming next week.
Meralco, at 3-6, is the team that’s in dire need of a win, with the Bolts needing to win their last two outings to have a mathematical chance of making it past this round.
A NorthPort victory combined with a loss by idle leader TNT to Magnolia on Wednesday would offer the Batang Pier and KaTropa identical 9-2 records for No. 1. But NorthPort will win the tiebreak after beating TNT in the eliminations.
The Batang Pier have the lowest-scoring import in Prince Ibeh, and no team since Rain or Shine has won this tournament with a reinforcement that doesn’t score heavily.
Meanwhile, Phoenix Pulse, still licking the wounds of a 108-128 loss at the hands of powerhouse San Miguel Beer on Wednesday, clashes with also-ran NLEX in the 4:30 p.m. game.
A win would give the Fuel Masters at least a tie for a quarterfinal berth.
Jarencio stated that from the end, there’s still plenty to work on playing down the possible rosy situations in which his team could figure.