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    TNT, San Miguel slug it out in knockout match for finals seat

    Oct 17, 2021
    Terrence Romeo and the Beermen clash for all the marbles against Jayson Castro and the Tropang Giga.
    PHOTO: PBA Images

    TNT and San Miguel face off one last time in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Sunday at the Don Honorio Ventura State University gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.

    Game Seven is scheduled at 4:35 p.m. with the winner facing Magnolia for the title.

    The Tropang Giga and the Beermen have reached the decider after splitting the six games, with no team winning in consecutive games.

    San Miguel sent the series into a seventh game, upending TNT, 103-90, in Game Six on Friday, keeping its hopes of returning to the finals after being ousted in the Philippine Cup bubble last year.

    SMB coach Leo Austria hopes his team would break the trend of the series.

    “It’s a matter of who wants to win the rubber match,” said Austria. “Sana ‘yung trending, hindi mangyari. I’m expecting a very tight game from start to finish because everything is at stake.”

    Leo Austria coach of San Miguel and TNT coach Chot ReyesChot Reyes and Leo Austria lock horns one last time this conference.

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      Austria said the good thing is that San Miguel has experience in winning Game 7s before. He has a 4-0 record in rubber matches of seven-game series.

      Mo Tautuaa topscored for SMB on Friday with 24 points. Marcio Lassiter was also one of the heroes in Game Six, finishing with 19 points in the critical game.

      “This kind of situation, we know what to do. We know how to lose and how to win,” said Austria.

      For their part, the Tropang Giga are only hoping that the trend in the series will continue, having won Games One, Three and Five.

      TNT coach Chot Reyes has talked about outworking San Miguel in order to even gain a chance at winning over the Beermen.

      While Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, and Poy Erram had their usual numbers in Game 6, RR Pogoy struggled and only had six points and shot 2 of 10 from the field.

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      Terrence Romeo and the Beermen clash for all the marbles against Jayson Castro and the Tropang Giga.
      PHOTO: PBA Images
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