By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
THE TNT KaTropa and Rain or Shine Elasto Painters go at it for the last time this season as they settle once and for all who between them get to secure a semifinal spot in their quarterfinal pairing in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup.
Failed to advance outright in their first try on Wednesday, the KaTropa now use their second attempt from a twice-to-beat incentive they got for finishing in the top four in the elimination round as they collide anew with the E-Painters in the lone quarterfinal game today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
WANG'S Ballclub is bringing in multi-titled coach Loreto “Ato” Tolentino to bolster its chances in the coming 2017 PBA Developmental League.
Tolentino, one of the countrys most successful coaches in the collegiate scene, will join the coaching staff as its chief consultant in the tournament which kicks off on Jan. 17.
Tolentino, now 70, will sit on the bench alongside team owner-manager Alex Wang and coach Pablo Lucas.
Meralco Bolts wrapped up the elimination phase with a 104-101 upset of the San Miguel Beer in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night.
The huge stunner handed the twice-to-beat Bolts the top spot with a 9-2 card, setting up a quarterfinals match with Blackwater. SMB, on the other hand, fell out of the top four and will head into the next round with a twice-to-win disadvantage against third-seeded Ginebra.
DEFENDING champion Barangay Ginebra is sitting at the top of the team standings in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup halfway through the tournament and coach Tim Cone is certainly pleased.
Carrying a 6-1 mark approaching the homestretch of the elimination round, the Gin Kings are at the top of the heap and have already secured a place in the quarterfinals.
AFTER a 10-day break from live action, the defending PBA Philippine Cup champions San Miguel Beermen return, battling the Meralco Bolts in the main game of the final playdate in 2016 of the league today at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
Set for 7 p.m., the Beermen (4-1), who was last seen in action in an out-of-town game against the NLEX Road Warriors in Cagayan de Oro on Dec. 17, will try to maintain their winning ways and keep hold of the top spot in the standings while adding to the struggles of the Bolts (2-3), losers of their last two assignments.
WHILE the San Miguel Beermen and TNT KaTropa facing in the finals of a Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) tournament after six years has some “oddness” to it, still there is no denying that the two deserve to face in the championship of the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup and should be counted on to give an exciting series, one local basketball analyst said.
Set to begin tomorrow at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the Beermen and KaTropa reengage in the finals since the 2011 Governors’ Cup with all arrows pointing to a competitive series considering how both teams made their way to the “Big Dance.”
Hotshots beat the Meralco Bolts, 104-103, and keep their Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup campaign alive after a thrilling match on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
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