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    Crunch clash for sister teams Ginebra, B-Meg

    Jul 14, 2012
    Ginebra coach Siot Tanquingcen is looking to return to the finals for the first time since last year's Commissioner's Cup. Jerome Ascano

    BARANGAY Ginebra and B-Meg try to inch closer to a berth in the PBA Governors' Cup finals at the expense of the other  when the sister squads collide on Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Knotted in second place behind idle Rain or Shine with 8-4 win-loss cards, the Kings and Llamados face each other at 6:30 p.m. with the winner moving just a half game behind the 9-3 Painters.

    The Kings, who have never won back-to-back games in the eliminations, have hit their stride of late, riding a four-game winning streak -- three of them in the semis.

    One more win for the Kings will be enough to guarantee them a playoff for one of the spots in the finals under the 4-of-5 incentive rule.

    Standing in the way are the Llamados, the reigning Commissioner’s Cup titlists whose quest for a finals berth was dented by a loss to also-ran Meralco on Friday night.

    “We just have to keep focused on what’s ahead of us,” Kings coach Siot Tanquingcen.

    Mark Caguioa starred in the Kings’ 95-86 triumph over the Painters last Thursday night as the “Spark” lived up to his moniker by firing 29 points, including five triples, off the bench.

    Caguioa, who has thrived in his new role as sixth man, is again expected to lead the Kings as they try to return to the finals for the first time since last year’s Commissioner’s Cup.

    A win for the Llamados against the Kings would get them back on track for a second successive stint in a finals.

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    Marcus Blakely registered 30 points, 21 rebounds, and four blocks against the Bolts, while James Yap added 22 markers including the triple that capped a fourth-quarter rally that fell short.

    In the curtain-raiser at 4:15 p.m., Meralco and Petron Blaze tangle in a game pitting ousted teams.

    The Boosters’ 103-94 loss to Talk ‘N Text last Friday meant there will be a new champion this conference.

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    Ginebra coach Siot Tanquingcen is looking to return to the finals for the first time since last year's Commissioner's Cup. Jerome Ascano
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