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    Ginebra, Magnolia battle to improve playoff positioning in Philippine Cup

    Mar 17, 2019
    PHOTO: jaime campos

    BARANGAY Ginebra and Magnolia battle for positioning as the race for quarterfinal berths continue on Sunday in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Ginebra enter the 6:45 p.m. match in fifth place with a 4-3 record, with Magnolia right behind in sixth place with a 3-4 slate.

    Both teams are looking to lock their place in the top six and secure twice-to-beat advantages in the quarterfinals.

    Ginebra improved its chances of gaining one of the top six spots after a grind-out 100-97 win over Phoenix Pulse last week.

    “The way things are going, I’ll be happy with top six,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone. “That other stuff is too far away. We are just trying to stay among the top six teams. It’s so tight.”

    Despite a two-game winning streak, Magnolia remains on the bubble with Columbian (4-6), NLEX (3-5), Alaska (3-5), and Meralco (3-6) ahead in the race for the final three places in the quarterfinals.

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    The Hotshots will be playing in a crucial stretch with three consecutive playdates starting on Sunday against the Kings.

    “Mas mabilis ‘yung rotation ko kasi sinesave ko ‘yung mga players ko,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero, referring to their 109-83 win over Columbian last Wednesday. “Halos every other day, may game kami. We are just going to try to focus on Ginebra muna. And ‘yung nilalaro naman namin, I think we could match up well with Ginebra.”

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