MANILA, Philippines – The Barako Bull Energy Cola have adopted a “win at all cost” mentality ahead of their final elimination round game against the Alaska Aces that may have major implications in the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Barako is at sixth place with a 5-8 record, while Alaska is at ninth (4-9). A win by the Aces will create a four-way tie with Barako, Meralco and GlobalPort, putting the quotient system into play.
Barako head coach Bong Ramos refused to contemplate the possible scenarios, however, and instead only gave his team one instruction.
“Win at all cost,” Ramos said, as quoted by PBA.ph. “We can’t allow other teams to dictate our destiny for us.”
“One good thing about our situation is that nasa amin pa rin ang kapalaran namin, but we have to get the job done ourselves,” he added.
Barako is facing an Alaska team that has lost three consecutive games, including an 88-91 overtime setback against GlobalPort that has head coach Luigi Trillo calling on his squad to execute better down the stretch.
“We need to close out games better,” Trillo said. “No shame on how we played, but we can execute better. Six of our losses have been down the wire.”
Trillo acknowledged that they have a tough task ahead against Barako, “a team full of quality veterans.”
“(It’s) win and fight to live another day for us, or go home,” he said.
Game time is at 3 p.m.