Petron, San Mig seek semis berths

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SISTER teams Petron Blaze and San Mig Coffee will seek semifinals slots when they clash against separate foes today in the 39th Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

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Both the Blaze Boosters and the Coffee Mixers are aiming for a sweep of their respective best-of-three quarterfinals assignments after winning in the opening games on Tuesday.

Petron crushed Barako Bull, 101-88; while San Mig beat defending champion Talk ‘N Text, 90-83, in the other match to grab a 1-0 lead.

“Hopefully we can beat them again on Friday. I wish it was a knockout game. We have again to figure out on how to beat Talk ‘N Text one more time. I’ve veterans; they perk up in Game One. They know what the playoff is about. This is the time when you create your reputation, your contracts,” said San Mig coach Tim Cone.

A win by Petron and San Mig Coffee today will enable them to join Rain or Shine in the Final Four. Coach Yeng Guiao’s squad, carrying a twice-to-beat advantage, needed only one game to end Globalport’s quest, 106-96, on Wednesday. Top seed Ginebra was forced to play against Alaska in a do-or-die battle on Saturday after absorbing a 97-104 setback the other day.

June Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot, Arwind Santos, Chris Ross and Chris Lutz are expected to lead the Blaze Boosters’ charge. The deadly six combined for 90 points, 30 rebounds, 22 assists and six steals to power their squad’s recent victory over Energy Cola.

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