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    Ginebra, SMB aim to complete semis cast, brace for Magnolia, TNT fightbacks

    Apr 8, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    BARANGAY Ginebra and San Miguel are looking to close out their respective quarterfinal series on Monday when they take on separate opponents in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    The Gin Kings face Magnolia at 4:30 p.m., followed by the tiff between the Beermen and TNT at 7 p.m. in Game Two of their series.

    Despite an 86-75 win over the Hotshots, Ginebra coach Tim Cone expects Magnolia to make a comeback with its conference on the line.

    “We’re going to see if we’re going to repeat it on Monday at Araneta,” said Cone. “They’re a tough team to crack. They are a veteran team. They know how to win and they know how to handle a series so just being up 1-0 is nice, but certainly not comfortable. We’re going to see if we can bring it again.”

    “We obviously don’t want to go into a Game 3 now after winning Game 1,” said Cone.

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      Art Dela Cruz led Ginebra’s pullaway, finishing with 14 points including eight in the second quarter that saw the Kings outscore the Hotshots, 27-9, in that period.

      San Miguel coach Leo Austria is also not resting his laurels as the Beermen are looking to sweep the KaTropa in the series on Monday night.

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      “We all know that TNT is out there to prove something,” said Austria.

      Terrence Romeo finished with 15 points in Game One, and he hopes for a repeat of his performance Monday as the Beermen go for a sweep against his former team.

      The winner of the Ginebra-Magnolia series will face second-seed Rain or Shine, while the team that will emerge in the San Miguel-TNT series will take on top-seed Phoenix Pulse in the semifinals.

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