Beermen, Bolts dispute last F4 slot

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Star Hotshots’ Peter June Simon drives against Globalport Batang Pier’s Terrence Romeo during the quarterfinals of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) overnors’ Cup on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. The Hotshots win, 101-94, to advance to the semifinals. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Star Hotshots’ Peter June Simon drives against Globalport Batang Pier’s Terrence Romeo during the quarterfinals of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) overnors’ Cup on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. The Hotshots win, 101-94, to advance to the semifinals. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer and Meralco will dispute the last semifinals berth on today in the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup quarterfinals at the Araneta Coliseum.

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Game time is at 7 p.m.

Two nights after neutralizing their opponent’s twice-to-beat advantage via 106-99 win, the Bolts are keen of repeating the same thing to end an eight-game losing streak in do-or-die games dating back to the 2012 Governors Cup.

“We just want to come out and play as a team to reach the semifinals,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black. “The players didn’t give up and I’m hoping they will sustain the same energy.”

Veteran local player Reynel Hugnatan, who drilled in a go-ahead trey in the last two minutes of the game that earned them a 102-99 lead, stressed the needed support from his teammates to win against the Beermen.

“Everybody will contribute and do their part in the do-or-die game,” he said.

Import Andre Emmett, who posted 28 points and 15 rebounds in their last game, is also expected to go all-out along with Jared Dillinger, Kelly Nabong, Mike Cortez and Gary David.

Dillinger scored 21 points, while Nabong had 15 points and 12 boards.

Beermen head coach Leo Austria, on the other hand, will rely on 6-foot-10 center and reigning Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos, import Arizona Reid, Marcio Lassiter, Ronald Tubid and Chris Ross.

The Alaska Aces and Rain or Shine Elasto Painters have already secured their respective spots in the semifinals.

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