Billy Ray Bates scored a conference high of 69 points in Ginebra's 140-130 win over Magnolia at the end of the first round of eliminations on October 16. Tanduay beat Great Taste, 114-108, at the start of the second round in the nightcap.
On October 19, Shell beat Ginebra and tied their rivals with five wins and two losses. Ginebra import Michael Hackett was held down to his lowest output of 16 points.
Two days after on October 21, Shell takes solo leadership after beating Great Taste.
Ginebra repeated over Alaska in their second meeting on October 23. The gallant Milkmen forces extension. Ginebra scored 24 points in the overtime period.
The Manila Beer Brewmasters surge ahead on top of the standings by repeating against Great Taste on October 30.