Akari-Adamson aims for the top spot when it plays Jose Rizal University for the final elimination game of the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
"It's going to be hard to play a team which is already out of the playoffs," he said.
Things couldn't be any more clearer for Falcons coach Franz Pumaren: win and advance to the semis; lose and fall down to the third-seed and play in the quarterfinals with a twice-to-beat advantage.
And this early, he has made his choice even before the ball is tipped in the 5p.m. game.
"I don't want to sound hypocrite that we don't want to advance outright. We do want that scenario and gain that top spot," he said as Akari-Adamson aims to extend its four-game winning streak at 8-2.
However, Pumaren remains wary of the mindset of the Heavy Bombers which, at 2-8, are coming to the game with nothing to lose.
Leaders Jerrick Ahanmisi, Sean Manganti, and Jerie Pingoy are expected to go all-out for the Falcons in the all-important tussle.
JRU coach Gio Lasquety, on the other hand, is hopeful that his wards will be on the top of their game after the Heavy Bombers snapped their eight-game losing slide with a 98-87 win against AMA last week.