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Ginebra prevails over ROS,
sets semi-final clash vs. SMB


Ginebra became the third team to make it to the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals after eliminating Rain or Shine, 99-91, in the quarterfinals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City last night.

In the other quarter-final showdown, Magnolia rallies from 20 down to boot GlobalPort, 86-79.

In a game of quarter-long spurts, the Barangay reigned supreme over the Elasto Painters down the stretch to sweep their best-of-three series, 2-0, as a semifinal clash with the San Miguel Beermen awaits them.

Ginebra zoomed late in the first quarter to take a 28-19 lead at the end of the period, but ROS outscored Ginebra, 27-15, in the second quarter to enter halftime with a 46-43 advantage.

The Barangay then reclaimed the lead, 77-72, at the end of the third quarter after dropping 34 points on the E-Painters during the period.

ROS stayed in step with Ginebra in the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter, but the Barangay finished the game on a 12-5 run to seal the win.

Japeth Aguilar led the Barangay with 27 points, 12 rebounds, one assist, three blocks, and three steals.

Jervy Cruz added 18 points, seven rebounds, and two assists.

Maverick Ahanmisi made 18 points, seven boards, five dishes, one swipe, and one swat for the E-Painters, who lost three straight games to the Barangay overall including the last game of the elimination round.

Meanwhile, behind the hot hands of Stanley Pringle, GlobalPort raced to a 26-6 lead late in the first quarter that lasted only up to the early minutes of the third quarter.

Magnolia, however, slowly chipped away the lead and finally taking control of the game by the third quarter, even stretching the edge to 12 by the fourth period.

The Batang Pier still tried to claw back with a 9-2 run that drew them to within four, 78-82, with 1:10 remaining, but that turned to be their last hurrah.

Mark Barroca led Magnolia, which only needed a win to join San Miguel in the semis, with 17 points, two rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block off the bench.

Paul Lee went 7-for-7 from the free throw line and finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds with a single assist.

Pringle finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and one block, but he also had six turnovers as GlobalPort exits from the tournament despite a promising start.*PNA


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