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    Do or die: Ginebra faces Meralco, NLEX battles Magnolia in quarterfinal deciders

    Jul 31, 2022
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    It's win or go home for these coaches.
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    THE final two semifinalists will be determined on Sunday with a pair of rubber matches in the 2022 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    Barangay Ginebra and Meralco face off one last time this conference at 6:30 p.m. for the right to face San Miguel in the semifinals.

    See Cone expects physicality to continue as Ginebra, Meralco dispute semis spot

    NLEX, on the other hand, goes for the upset against Magnolia in their Game Three encounter at 4:30 p.m., the winner facing TNT in the semifinals.

    Ginebra and NLEX scored big victories on Friday at the Filoil EcoOil Centre to force the deciding matches.

    The Gin Kings defeated the Bolts, 94-87, while the Road Warriors beat the Hotshots, 90-77, behind the 30-point effort of Kevin Alas.

    Expect a physical tussle in both matches especially the Ginebra-Meralco clash following incidents prior, during, and even after the contest.

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    This prompted the PBA to summon Barangay Ginebra big men Christian Standhardinger and Prince Caperal and Meralco guard Franky Johnson for their role in those incidents.

    Standhardinger and Johnson got into a commotion during the warm-ups prior to Game Two, while Caperal was seen on video hitting Chris Newsome from behind with an elbow.

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      Ginebra coach Tim Cone expects the physical plays to continue with a semifinal seat on the line.

      “I assume it’s going to be the same,” Cone said.

      NLEX, the sixth-seed in the semis, will look to finish off Magnolia, which prior to the Game Two defeat was on an eight-game winning streak.

      Road Warriors coach Yeng Guiao still sees a difficult close-out game against the Hotshots, but hopes that they have already solve the riddle that is the fast-paced play of their opponent.

      “Mahaba na ‘yung streak nila. May araw talaga na mamalasin sila. Baka isang araw lang na minalas sila. Mahirap mag-sustain ng ganung streak. Suwerte rin siguro,” said Guiao.

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      “Kahit kumpleto kami, llamado pa rin ‘yung Magnolia. Mahirap pa rin talunin. Ganun kahirap talunin ang Magnolia,” said Guiao.

      “Nakita ko may paraan para talunin sila,” he added.

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