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    Rain or Shine keen to wrap up finals berth

    Jul 15, 2012
    Coach Chot Reyes and the TNT Texters are once again in survival mode against Rain or Shine. Jerome Ascano

    WILL Talk ‘N Text stay alive or will Rain or Shine finally clinch a first-ever finals berth?

    Those questions will be answered when the Texters and Painters collide in the lone PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals game on Monday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    The Texters, who avoided elimination after defeating Petron Blaze, 103-94, last Friday, fight for dear life again when they meet with the league-leading Painters at 8 p.m.

    If they prevail against the Painters, the Texters would need only to win their last game against Barangay Ginebra to clinch a playoff for a finals berth under the 4-of-5 incentive rule.

    A loss would deny them a sixth straight finals appearance. And that could be enough motivation for the Texters.

    The Painters, whose entry to the title series was derailed after they lost to streaking Barangay Ginebra, 95-86, last Thursday, hope to do so this time.

    “Hopefully our instinct for survival overpowers their instinct for advancement,” Texters coach Chot Reyes said.

    Import Paul Harris and reigning MVP Jimmy Alapag starred for the squad against the Boosters.

    Harris registered 31 points, nine boards, four assists, and four blocks, while Alapag added 21 points and five assists.

    And the duo is again expected to lead the Texters in improving their 7-5 win-loss card.

    Import Jamelle Cornley, prolific rookie Paul Lee, and veterans Jeff Chan and Gabe Norwood will banner the 9-3 Painters.

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    Coach Chot Reyes and the TNT Texters are once again in survival mode against Rain or Shine. Jerome Ascano
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