The double-elimination playoff round in the 2010 United Filipino Organization Inter-Organizational Reinforced Basketball League will begin tonight at the JP Center Basketball Court.
In the masters division, the No. 2 seed VisMinda-Kids Cove will take on last place Laguna-Moonlight in the first game at 7pm.
VisMinda finished the round-robin regular season with a 3-1 record and tied Cabalen-Wings Travel for first place. However, Wings Travel beat VisMinda in the lone meeting in the regular season, 89-96, relegating the latter to the No. 2 spot. Cabalen-Wings Travel absorbed its lone loss in the league at the hands of MDX-Monster, 70-81.
In the first playoff game in the open division, the second-seeded MAFEA-Ali'i Konflikt will duel the last finisher Bayani-Soul Jazz at 8:30pm.
Ali'i Konflikt ended the regular season with a 4-1 record, losing to MDX-Chow Queen (5-0) in the battle for the pennant. Bayani had only one victory in five games in the regular season, making it to the win column before the playoffs started after edging Samahang Ilokano at Pangasinense-Mobil, 94-91.
The playoff round will continue on Thursday with MAFEA-Ebisuya, which finished third in the masters division, squaring off with the No. 4 seed MDX-PTC in the first game.
In the second game, open division No. 3 pick Cavite will face Northern Marianas Bartenders Association-Island Apparel, which is seeded sixth in the playoffs.
On Saturday, the losers of Games 1 in the masters division (VisMinda vs. Laguna) and 2 (MAFEA vs. MDX) will collide in a must-win match at 6:30pm.
In the open division, the third-seeded SIP-Mobil will challenge Samahang Ilonggo sa Saipan-Marianas Wireless at 8pm.
Open division top placer MDX-Chow Queen drew a bye in the first round of the playoffs and will not see action in the league until next week. Defending champion MDX swept the regular season after winning their final game against SIS last week via forfeiture.
The loss to MDX dropped SIS to a 2-4 record and created a three-way tie for fourth to sixth place with Mobil and NMBA. In the quotient system, SIP ended with the highest points, followed by SIS and NMBA.