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KINGS, ENERGY FIGHT FOR 'QF' SIXTH SEEDING
Published on December 7, 2011
Barangay Ginebra seeks to secure spot in the Top Six in taking on pursuer Barako Bull in the penultimate play date of the PBA Philippine Cup elimination round at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Thursday.
Now a long shot for a twice-to-beat quarterfinals advantage, Ginebra will be satisfied to make the best-of-three quarterfinals.
The Kings take their first of two shots at it in tackling the Energy at 7:30 p.m.
“We have to come into the game with a playoff mentality,” said Ginebra coach Siot Tanquingcen, anticipating a tough battle with Barako.
The Energy themselves are well motivated, likewise driven by that desire to avoid being matched up with a team enjoying twice-to-beat edge in the quarters.
“Mabigat talaga ‘yon,” said Tanquingcen.
Ginebra automatically eases Barako out of the race for the top six with a win in their game.
The Kings, meanwhile, bungle their bid if they drop their last two games versus the Energy Thursday and against the Tropang Texters Sunday.
“We had a good weekend but the mission is not yet over. We still have to keep on fighting and keep on climbing,” said Tanquingcen after they notched a third straight win with an 81-71 drubbing of the Meralco Bolts Sunday.
It was historic being the 800th win in franchise history.
Barako slid to seventh place following back-to-back losses to B-Meg and Powerade.
If they fail to rise from there, the Energy play the second-seeded team in the quarterfinals, needing to win two in a row to advance to the semis.
The third seed goes up against the sixth seed and the fourth seed plays the fifth seed in a pair of best-of-three quarterfinals series.
The other quarterfinals pairing pits the top seed versus No. 8.
“The goal really is not just to make the quarterfinals. Kailangan maiwasan namin lumaban against a team with a twice-to-beat advantage. Mabigat yon,” Tanquingcen insisted.
Needless to say, the Energy have the same thing in mind. (SB)
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Sna masweep ng BGK un last 2 games nla sa elims. Mhirap tlga kng mkkharap mo ang team na may twice to beat advantage.
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