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    Meralco eyes semis, SMB tries to force decider in rematch of Shabazz show

    Mar 18, 2022
    Leo Austria vs Norman Black
    Leo Austria's Beermen try to drag Norman Black and the Bolts to a deciding game.
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    MERALCO goes up against San Miguel again this conference, but this time for a spot in the semifinals of the PBA 46th Season Governors’ Cup.

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    The Bolts square off against the Beermen at 3 p.m. at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in their first out of two attempts to clinch a semifinal round.

    This will be the first time that Meralco and San Miguel will face each other since the Bolts squandered a 26-point lead to drop a 113-110 decision over the Beermen. Shabazz Muhammad collected 57 points to pull off the come-from-behind win last March 5.

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    “We are going to need that against San Miguel,” said Meralco coach Norman Black, referring to the twice-to-beat advantage it garnered for the clash against San Miguel.

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    Meralco had a much-needed boost on Friday when it got a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals with a 109-90 win over Phoenix to finish at No. 4 with a 7-4 win-loss slate and ending a three-game losing streak that included the loss to the Beermen.

    Black said the victory was a confidence-builder heading into the contest against San Miguel.

    “This was a big win for us. It helped us get the twice-to-beat but at the same time, it’s good to come off with a win going into the playoffs,” said Black.

    The Beermen also finished the eliminations strong with a 7-4 win-loss slate, but only dropped to No. 5 due to an inferior quotient with TNT and Meralco.

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      San Miguel coach Leo Austria hopes that his players will be able to force another game in a do-or-die situation for the squad despite ending the eliminations with a two-game winning streak.

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      “Ang inaasahan sa amin ng mga tao is to at least get into the next round kaya kailangan talaga all-out kami dito,” said Austria.

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      Leo Austria's Beermen try to drag Norman Black and the Bolts to a deciding game.
      PHOTO: Jerome Ascano
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