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    Top imports face off as champ Ginebra, top seed TNT begin semis series

    Jul 26, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascaño

    BARANGAY Ginebra and TNT start off their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series on Friday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Game One of the best-of-five series is scheduled at 7 p.m. after the Kings and the KaTropa reached the semifinals in contrasting styles.

    Ginebra swept perennial rival Magnolia in the quarterfinals with the Kings winning in Game One, 106-80, while TNT needed a do-or-die game before advancing to the semifinals after beating eighth-seed Alaska, 104-93.

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      Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee sees a tough match-up against TNT, similar to that of Magnolia.

      “The good thing about it is they are a little bit similar to Magnolia. They have quick guards, they like to pressure and things like that so it’s a great test for us,” said Brownlee.

      Of course, Brownlee’s import match-up with Terrence Jones has also been highly-anticipated.

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      “He is an incredibly talented player. Definitely a key guy. They are playing a key role into their success this conference,” said Brownlee.

      TNT consultant Mark Dickel also doesn’t expect the semifinals to be an easy road despite holding the top seed.

      “It's a big challenge obviously. Traditionally, they've done really, really well. We're just trying to process the challenge that Alaska gave us. Just changing defenses, changing different players,” said Dickel.

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