Beermen seek 3-0 lead vs TNT

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BLOCK!  Ranidel De Ocampo (No. 33) of Talk ‘N Text blocks June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer during Game 2 of the PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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Ranidel De Ocampo (No. 33) of Talk ‘N Text blocks June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer during Game 2 of the PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

SAN Miguel Beer tries to move a win away from sweeping the best-of-seven semifinal series as it battles anew Talk ‘N Text in Game Three on Tuesday in the 40th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The Beermen enjoyed a 2-0 lead in the series following their 87-81 triumph over the Tropang Texters in Game Two on Sunday, which was a fitting follow-up of their 109-86 victory in Game One. Coach Leo Austria, however, warned his wards of complacency saying Talk ‘N Text is capable of bouncing back when they collide in the lone game at 7 p.m.

“Despite the win, nothing is sure as of now. I’m expecting Talk ‘N Text to comeback strong. Kapag sugatan ang isang hayop babalik at babalik yan e,” said Austria.

Unlike in the lopsided Game One, the Beermen turned to June Mar Fajardo in the crucial stretch to come-up with the big win. The 6’10” Fajardo scored 10 straight points to stop the Tropang Texters leech-like defense.


The Cebuano big man finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Christmas treat for PBA fans
The PBA is giving PBA fans a special treat on Christmas Day by opening the General Admission section of the Mall of Asia Arena for free during Game Four of the PBA Philippine Cup Final Four face-off between Rain or Shine and Alaska Milk.

Ticket distribution is on a first-come-first-serve basis in this PBA Christmas treat.

It could well be a slam bang game with one team going for a 3-1 lead and the other looking to square up the best-of-seven series at 2-2.

Tip-off is at 4:15 p.m. on Christmas Day.

On Thursday, the Beermen and Tropang Texters also clash in Game Four of their own semis duel at 7 p.m. at the same Pasay City playing venue.

Meanwhile, San Miguel Beermen Governor Robert Non expressed dismayed over Talk ‘N Text coach Jong Uichico’s statement that the referees are favoring the Beermen in Game Two that caused them the game.

“It is a pity that Talk ‘n Text has resorted to unfounded, unnecessary and unfair complaints about the officiating, which I would say sort of maligning and has put into question the integrity of the PBA as an institution. I am surprised that coach Jong Uichico would stoop so low with his insinuation about how the referees allegedly favored San Miguel Beermen,” said Non.

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