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    GlobalPort looks to complete upset against Rain or Shine

    Jul 12, 2018
    Pido Jarencio and the Batang Pier hope to topple Caloy Garcia and the Painters and enter the last four.
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    GLOBALPORT aims for a rare feat as the eighth-seed Batang Pier look to knock down top-seed Rain or Shine in the final quarterfinal match in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    The match is set on Thursday at 7 p.m.

    The Batang Pier lived to fight another day, stunning the Elastopainters, on Tuesday thanks to a three-pointer by Jonathan Grey.

    Since the PBA shifted to an eight-team playoff format, only three eighth-seed teams have managed to beat a top-seed in the history of the PBA, and GlobalPort is looking to join that elite club with an upset win over Rain or Shine.

    “On Thursday, lalaban tayo diyan. Do-or-die. Basta kami, we will do our job,” said GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio.

    The winner of Thursday’s GlobalPort-Rain or Shine tiff will face Barangay Ginebra in the best-of-five semifinals.

    Globalport is also hoping to get another big game from Malcolm White, who had 28 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks, one of which was a rejection on Rain or Shine import Reggie Johnson in the final seconds.

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    Rain or Shine lost the series-opener, failing to protect a 16-point lead.

    Coach Caloy Garcia is still confident Rain or Shine it can get past GlobalPort to reach the semifinals.

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    “I feel that it’s gonna be a good game for both teams and we’re still confident that we can come out with a win,” said Garcia.

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    Pido Jarencio and the Batang Pier hope to topple Caloy Garcia and the Painters and enter the last four.
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano
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