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    Oct 11, 2021
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    Magnolia a win away from finals

    Calvin Abueva and the Hotshots are a win away from the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.

    MAGNOLIA closed in on the PBA Philippine Cup finals by holding off Meralco, 81-69, in Game Four of the semifinals on Sunday.

    Mark Barrocca, Calvin Abueva and Ian Sangalang played huge for the Hotshots, scoring 17 points each as they took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

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    Jio Jalalon added 10 points as Paul Lee was limited to nine markers as Magnolia overpowered the short-handed Meralco side.

    Raymond Almazan remained sidelined due to an ankle injury, and although undersized Bolts forward Reynel Hugnatan played huge, it was not enough.

    The 42-year-old Hugnatan led Meralco all scorers, registering 21 points, with Cliff Hodge adding 13 and Chris Newsome scoring 11. Mac Belo could only come up with three points.

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      Beermen even series again

      SMB big man Mo Tautuaa scores inside against TNT's Troy Rosario in Game 4.

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      SAN Miguel Beer evened the PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series with TNT Tropang Giga with a 116-90 rout on Sunday.

      Mo Tautuaa showed the way as the Beermen took control with a 26-14 opening period and never looked back.

      Tautuaa finished with 19 points and Terrence Romeo added 16 points for San Miguel.

      June Mar Fajardo had a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds as seven Beermen finished with double-digit scores.

      Jayson Castro had 15 points, Mikey Williams and Glenn Khobuntin had 13 points each, while Troy Rosario scored 10 for TNT.

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        PBA prepares for second conference

        Justin Brownlee, Allen Durham

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        THE PBA second conference is in the works and the league has set rules for imports.

        The second conference is tentatively set to start in mid-November, with an import height limit of 6 feet 6 inches.

        Under the limit, previous PBA imports Justin Brownlee, Allen Durham, Eugene Phelps, KJ McDaniels, among others, are eligible to see action.

        The league also requires imports to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

        The PBA is coordinating with both national and local governments on how to deal with imports playing in the country given the current health pandemic.

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