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PBA

STAR doesn’t plan on cooling down.

The league’s hottest team with eight straight wins, the Hotshots go for another one as they shoot for an insurmountable 3-0 lead over ailing Barangay Ginebra in their best-of-seven semifinals series in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup.

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THE MARQUEE “Manila Clasico” version of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) will be in full display beginning today as the Star Hotshots and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings tangle in Game One of their best-of-seven Philippine Cup semifinals at 7 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Forged after the Kings completed a sweep of the higher-seeded Alaska Aces in their quarterfinal pairing, the local pro league’s two popular teams try to outduel each other and take their respective title bids deeper.

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PBA

Its Marcio night!

The Beermen set a  franchise record streak of 11 wins.

SMB marksman Marcio Lassiter had only one make from beyond the arc but still wound up with 21 points and 9 rebounds and his buddy June Mar Fajardo finished with 21 points and 22 rebounds plus 4 assists and 3 blocks as the Beermen draw first blood in their best of seven seminals game at   Fajardo made crucial back-to-back baskets inside the final minute that allowed San Miguel to tie the game at 94.

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THE semifinals of the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup loom and powerhouse teams San Miguel Beer and TNT KaTropa clash in a projected blockbuster matchup.

Defending champion San Miguel is looking as dominant as ever, being armed with a nine-game winning streak and has only lost once all tournament long.

“It’s a good thing the semifinals are a best-of-seven. That will be a long series. That will give us a chance to make adjustments,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria.

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