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Meralco, Star begin semifinal showdown in Laguna

first_imgGame time is 6:30 p.m. and Meralco coach Norman Black said the Hotshots present “a different problem for us to defend.”Unlike Blackwater, which largely depended on import Henry Walker, Star will force the Bolts to be defensively aware of a lot more weapons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“With Star, they have a lot of players who can score, a lot of locals contribute a lot,” said Black. “Not saying that their import is not good because he is, but the locals contribute a lot to their [cause].”Kristofer Acox dumped 21 points on NLEX during their quarterfinal duel. He also had 12 rebounds. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Good thing for the Bolts, they also have a well-ingrained support system in Ranidel de Ocampo, Baser Amer, Chris Newsome, Cliff Hodge and Dillinger.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But the Hotshots also counted on locals Paul Lee, Ian Sangalang and Marc Pingris to deliver for coach Chito Victolero.The Hotshots drubbed the elimination round standouts NLEX Road Warriors, 89-77, in their quarterfinal duel.One more thing going against Meralco is its hurting import Allen Durham who sprained his ankle in their last game against Blackwater.Durham said he is ready to play but Black is not counting on it just yet.“Everything depends on what type of shape he’s in,” said Black.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Arellano ousts UP, books Final 4 berth Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson How to help the Taal evacuees Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Going by the way both teams reached the semifinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup, you’d think that the Meralco Bolts, which needed two games to survive a quarterfinal duel against lowly Blackwater, would be the underdogs against the Star Hotshots.But as Meralco’s sweet-shooting forward Jared Dillinger put it, “there are a lot of variables” involved when they collide at the start of their semifinal series Sunday at Alonte Sports Complex in Biñan, Laguna.ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide DAY6 is for everybody LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-uplast_img

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