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PBA: RoS, TNT enter Filipino Cup Finals

2012-13 PBA All Philippine Cup Semifinal schedule

Game 6

TnT – Alaska 83-78 (4-2)

RoS – San Mig Coffee 90-83 (4-2)

Parantheses denote scores in the best-of-seven series

Game 1 report

Game 2 report

Game 3 report

Game 4 & 5 report


MANILA, Philippines (PBA All Philippine Cup): It’s Talk N Text – looking for their third successive Filipino Cup title – Vs. Rain or Shine – in line for their second PBA triumph in a row. That’s the storyline after the two teams won Game 6 of their respective semifinals series in the 2012-13 All Philippine Cup, thus bringing to end the best-of-seven affairs.

Twice defending champions Talk N Text won 83-78 on Friday against Alaska Aces a day after Rain or Shine had outplayed San Mig Coffee 90-83 in a repeat result of the 2011-12 PBA Governor’s Cup.

Game 1 of the best of seven titular contest is set for Wednesday.

“We really have good, dedicated players and they deserve to be back in the finals. The goal now is to win it,” said TnT coach Norman Black, having his own feat of reaching the finals in his first conference in his PBA comeback.

Jimmy Alapag, Jayson Castro, Jarred Dillinger, Kelly Williams and Ranidel de Ocampo started the game for TnT and all of them scored in the double-digits taking their team to become the first team to make three Philippine Cup finals in a row since Purefoods’ seven straight from 1988-94.

Castro (left in the combo pic above) led the scoring with 16 ppoints and dished out 4 assists with veteran Alapag reeling in three attempts from beyond the arc in his 15 points. Dillinger, de Ocampo and Williams all scored 11 points apiece, with the last mentioned also pulling down 10 rebounds.

Rookie Calvin Abueva had 23 points and 13 rebounds, both game-highs, but in vain for Alaska. Gaby Espinas contributed a baker’s dozen.

“Rain or Shine offers a completely different package as far as competition is concerned. They have big guys who can shoot from the outside and at the same time they’re very physical inside both offensively and defensively. They will pose us different problem,” Black said.

Paul Lee, the Rookie of the Year last season, combined well with Jeff Chan and the two struck form in tandem at the right moment to take Rain or Shine to their win.

Chan (right in the combo pic above) played his best game of the semifinals series with 27 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal.

Lee had 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and one steal.

“Jeff (Chan) and Paul (Lee) came to life when we really needed them,” said RoS coach Yeng Guiao.

“We had a simple game plan – keep running the whole game, keep the pace fast, make them work chasing us. And it worked,” said Guiao. “We did just that in the first half but they still led. Fortunately, they did tire out in the second half.”

PJ Simon’s game-high produce of 29 points went in vain for San Mig Coffee.


Photo courtesy: PBA

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