After topsy-turvy elims, PBA quarterfinals match ups are set

first_imgCarpio 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 The other quarterfinals pairings are No. 3 TNT against defending champion San Miguel and No. 4 Meralco versus Barangay Ginebra in a pair of best-of-three duels starting Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“It’s not going to be easy for us,” said SMB center June Mar Fajardo on matching up with TNT and its hefty import Joshua Smith. “We all have to help each other.”The Hotshots beat the Beermen on Saturday night but still slipped to No. 7 after failing to win by at least 14 points.Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero, though, remained upbeat of his team’s chances despite being in a tough situation in needing to beat Alaska, which just got back Diamon Simpson as its import and has one of the league’s premier big men in Vic Manuel.“Against Alaska obviously, we’re the underdogs. We just have to prepare hard. I think it will be a very hard game for us. We will try to give our best effort and play our best game,” Victolero said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew On Saturday, victories by TNT and Magnolia overset the quarterfinals match-ups.Rain or Shine, one of the biggest revelations this conference, emerged as the No. 1 team after finishing the eliminations with a 9-2 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The reward for the Elasto Painters, however, is a date with the eighth-seeded GlobalPort Batang Pier and their explosive point guard Stanley Pringle, who had a 50-point outing this conference.Fortunately for Rain or Shine and No. 2 Alaska, which faces No. 7 Magnolia, both will have a twice-to-beat advantage. A topsy-turvy elimination round in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup has paved the way for a potentially thrilling quarterfinals, which fires off on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Maybe next time LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more