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    Slammers eye semifinal showdown with Beermen

    May 11, 2013

    THE Sports Rev Thailand Slammers like their chances of facing the top-ranked San Miguel Beermen again in the semifinal round of the Asean Basketball League.

    Thailand will play the Beermen once again on Saturday, 4 p.m. at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig in a game with much playoff implications especially for the Slammers.

    The Slammers are still in a precarious situation for that spot as they are still tied with the Singapore Slingers with a 7-13 win-loss slate.

    However, Thailand coach Joe “Jellybean” Bryant expressed confidence that the team can grab the fourth and final spot in the Final Four and earn the right to face the Beermen.

    “We are still one game away from making it to the playoffs,” said Bryant to “We hope we win the games and hope to see you again in the playoffs.”

    Thailand has the relatively lighter schedule as it will still play cellardweller Saigon Heat on May 15. Singapore, meanwhile, will have two straight home-and-home matches against the defending champion Indonesia Warriors starting on Friday and on May 14.

    The Slammers lost to the Beermen in their previous encounter just last Wednesday, 78-61, at the Ynares Sports Arena. But despite the lopsided affair, Bryant liked what he saw in that match.

    “We did a good job defensively. We played well. San Miguel respects us. They know that when they play us, it won’t be easy,” said Bryant.

    Christien Charles had a monster game for the Slammers with 28 points but that didn’t translate into a victory.

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