As a result, the Beermen, who own 26 PBA titles – the most by any team in the league — are now on the verge nailing their 42nd finals appearance and stay on track for the second jewel of a possible grand slam season.
IMMEDIATELY after Talk ‘N Text took the opener of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal duel with Barangay Ginebra last Friday, coach Bong Ravena started to voice out the need for his KaTropa to quickly go back to the drawing board and brace for another tough battle ahead.
In a clear sign of the arrival of new stars in the local pro league, top rookies Bobby Ray Parks of Blackwater and CJ Perez of Columbian Dyip emerged the leaders in the stats race through the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals.
The Beermen, owners of 26 titles – the most by any team in the league – are chasing the second jewel of a possible grand slam season, although coach Leo Austria has always insisted, they are not thinking of it (grand slam), or his Beermen would only feel the pressure.
“Ang sabi ng PT na kasama niya kagabi, it’s an MCL sprain and something with the meniscus na kailangang mainterpret ni Dr. (George) Canlas. They gave him meds already and he is resting at home now,” SMB official Gee Abanilla was quoted as saying.
McCullough fished a foul after a rebound battle, but split the freethrows, 90-88, giving NorthPort one more chance to turn the game around. The Batang Pier though failed to set their offensive play in the face of tight SMB defense, with Bolick’s wayward throw from beyond the arc going nowhere as time expired.
Barangay Ginebra ousted Magnolia, scoring a 106-80 victory in a game devoid of intensity and fire to advance to the semifinal round of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
AFTER cruising to two consecutive victories, San Sebastian's worth as a title contender will be put to a big test this week by facing the finalists in the last two seasons -- Lyceum of the Philippines University and San Beda.