Crucial semis games with Phoenix, Meralco seeking back-to-back wins

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Sat, 21 Nov 2020 08:04:16 +0000

Phoenix’s Calvin Abueva uses his smarts to grab the rebound against TNT players, including Ray Parks Jr. during their Game Friday which Phoenix won, 110-103. (PBA Images)

Phoenix’s Calvin Abueva uses his smarts to grab the rebound against TNT players, including Ray Parks Jr. during their Game Friday which Phoenix won, 110-103. (PBA Images)

 

 

 

 

 

By JONAS TERRADO

 

Games Sunday

(AUF Gym powered by Smart 5G)

3:45 p.m. – Phoenix vs TNT

(Series tied 1-1)

6:30 p.m. – Meralco vs Ginebra

(Series tied 1-1)

 

The question of whether there’s already a momentum shift or just a bump on the road will be known Sunday in Game 3 of the two PBA Philippine Cup semifinal affairs at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center.

Phoenix Super LPG and TNT collide in the 3:45 p.m. before Meralco and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel square off at 6:30 p.m. with the winner of both games gaining a 2-1 lead in their respective best-of-five series.

Both semifinal duels are knotted at 1-1 after Phoenix and Meralco pulled off contrasting victories Friday inside the Smart Clark Giga City bubble.

Calvin Abueva’s all-around play propelled Phoenix to a 110-103 victory over TNT while Meralco stormed back from a 13-point third quarter deficit to stun Ginebra 95-77.

Whether the tide has changed following those results will be known by the time both games have started.

“TNT has been the dragon in front of us,” said Fuel Masters coach Topex Robinson. “For us to reach the finals, one way or the other we have to face that dragon and we just have to play our very best.”

The Fuel Masters built an 18-point lead in the second quarter before weathering a 41-point explosion by Ray Parks Jr. and the Tropang Giga comeback with Abueva and Jason Perkins making the big plays down the stretch.

Chris Newsome needs a follow-up to his solid performance during Game 2 on Friday.

Chris Newsome (left) needs a follow-up to his s
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