Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2020 07:42:17 +0000
By JONAS TERRADO
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3:45 p.m. – Ginebra vs Meralco
(Ginebra leads series 2-1)
6:30 p.m. – TNT vs Phoenix
(Phoenix leads series 2-1)
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and Phoenix Super LPG are out to deliver the finishing blow on their foes and arrange a title showdown Wednesday in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center.
Ginebra looks to finally hand Meralco another playoff heartbreak at 3:45 p.m. while Phoenix tries to eliminate title contender TNT at 6:30 p.m. in Game 4 of their respective best-of-five semifinal affairs.
The two teams took a 2-1 lead following their victories last Sunday inside the Smart Clark Giga City bubble. The best-of-seven Finals starts Friday if Ginebra and Phoenix close it out, otherwise a deciding fifth game in either of both series will be held on the same day.
Stanley Pringle led the way in Ginebra’s 91-84 win while Matthew Wright bucked off an ankle sprain to hit clutch baskets in Phoenix’s 92-89 victory.
Both candidates for the best player of the bubble are expected to play prominent roles as Ginebra and Phoenix are bracing for a stubborn challenge from the two MVP-owned squads.
“The hardest thing to win in the series is the closeout game,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone. “I find oftentimes Game 4s harder to win than Game 5s of a five-game series.
“We understand that and we know that. We’ll just have to find our way through it. And it really comes down to really lifting your intensity level of the other team because they’re desperate now. They have to win,” he added.
Expected to bring that intensity level a notch higher is Pringle, who frustrated Meralco for 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
A victory will send Ginebra to the finals for the 27th time in its four-decade history in