PBA Philippine Cup

TNT, Magnolia shoot for 2-0 lead as PBA semis resume

Delfin Dioquino
TNT, Magnolia shoot for 2-0 lead as PBA semis resume

ONE-POINT DEFEAT. San Miguel falls short against TNT in a heart-wrenching Game 1 loss.

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TNT and Magnolia will try to repeat over San Miguel and Meralco in their respective semifinal duels in the PBA Philippine Cup

The semifinals of the PBA Philippine Cup will resume without a hitch as TNT, San Miguel, Magnolia, and Meralco return to playoff action in Bacolor, Pampanga on Wednesday, October 6.

No. 1 seed TNT will shoot for a 2-0 lead against San Miguel in their best-of-seven affair in the opening game on Wednesday at 3 pm.

Absorbing their only loss of the conference at the hands of the Beermen in the elimination round, the Tropang Giga redeemed themselves with an 89-88 escape in Game 1.

Roger Pogoy stepped up for TNT in the nail-biting win, churning out a conference-high 23 points on top of 3 rebounds and 2 steals.

Meanwhile, Magnolia will try to repeat over Meralco in the second game at the DHVSU Gym at 6 pm.

The Hotshots avenged their heartbreaking one-point loss to the Bolts in eliminations with a come-from-behind 88-79 victory in the series opener.

Meralco held a six-point lead early in the fourth quarter until reigning PBA Player of the Week Calvin Abueva found his groove despite foul trouble, finishing with 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals.

For Games 3 and 4 for both semifinals duel, the PBA will stage two more doubleheaders on Friday, October 8, and Sunday, October 10. – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.