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    News you need to know: Ginebra in, Japeth out; Playoffs begin

    Sep 26, 2021
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    IT’S Barangay Ginebra against TNT Tropang Giga in the 1 vs 8 matchup of the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals.

    The Gin Kings got through by defeating Phoenix in the play-in match on Saturday at the Don Honorio Ventura State University gym.

    Barangay Ginebra now faces a tough task of beating league-leading TNT twice for a place in the semifinals.

    Coach Tim Cone is in the playoffs for the 39th straight conference.



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    Japeth Aguilar injury update

    JAPETH Aguilar is likely out for the rest of the conference following the sprained MCL he suffered late in the elimination round.

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    Aguilar was sent home on Friday, a day before Barangay Ginebra’s play-in game against Phoenix.

    The high-flying forward sprained his knee in Ginebra's elimination-round game against TnT Tropang Giga, and missed the team's final three elimination-round games.

    Cone said team has not seen improvement on Aguilar's condition two weeks since he suffered the injury.

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    Playoffs begin

    THE PBA Philippine Cup playoffs get underway, with Magnolia taking on Rain or Shine in the first match on Sunday.

    The Hotshots, No. 3 after the eliminations, face No. 6 Elasto Painters in the first match of a best-of-three series.

    Fourth seed San Miguel takes on No. 5 Northport also in a best-of-three series starting on Sunday.

    Others quarterfinal matchups will have top seed TNT Tropang Giga vs No. 8 Ginebra, and No. 2 Meralco against NLEX.

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