(UPDATED) Now it's official, Brgy. Ginebra is the top seed heading into the playoffs.
The Gin Kings clinched no. 1 in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup, scoring a convincing 94-80 win over also-ran Mahindra Friday at the Big Dome.
With really only two options, either to finish first or drop to third, Brgy. Ginebra took care of business to finish the elimination round with a 9-2 record.
The Gin Kings actually ended up in a triple tie with San Miguel and Star but since they own victories over both, Ginebra emerged as the top team in the mid-season joust.
Armed with a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, Ginebra will now wait for the winner of the 8th-seed playoff between Globalport and Alaska.
After unloading a 15-0 run in the first quarter to take a 32-16 lead, the Gin Kings were never truly challenged again as they rolled to a fourth straight victory.
Despite that however, head coach Tim Cone believes his team could have played better.
"We didn’t play that well. You have to give Mahindra some credit, they defended well. We didn’t have the flow that we wanted offensively. Even though we’re up 14, we didn’t feel like we’re playing at a high level," he said.
"But bottomline is we got the win and we’re moving on and we secured the number one seed and we’ll see who we play," Cone added.
This is the first time the Gin Kings secured number since the 2014 Philippine Cup. That campaign ended in the semifinals at the hands of Cone's San Mig Coffee.
Justin Brownlee once again led Ginebra with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists while Japeth Aguilar and Mark Caguioa added 14 and 13 points respectively.
Mahindra, who finished with a 3-8 mark for the Commissioner's Cup, got 21 points and 22 rebounds from import Keith Wright.
Ginebra (94) - Brownlee 22, Aguilar 14, Caguioa 13, Mercado 9, Tenorio 8, Thompson 8, Devance 5, Ellis 4, Cruz 2, Jamito 2, Marcelo 2, Mariano 2, Taha 2, Ferrer 1.
Mahindra (80) - Wright 21, Khobuntin 16, Duetchman 13, Pacquiao 6, Revilla 6, Teng 5, Camson 3, Caperal 3, Celda 3, Salva 2, Yee 2, Paniamogan 0, Corpuz 0, Nimes 0, Ballesteros 0.
Quarterscores: 26-16, 47-33, 68-59, 94-80.
This story was originally published on the ABS-CBN Sports website.