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Meralco, TNT collide for last semis seat

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By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--One more game to decide which team will complete the PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinal cast.

TNT and Meralco battle one more time on Friday night to determine which club will take the last seat in the Final Four round.

Game time is at 7 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Despite playing in an import-spiced conference, both teams' locals have somehow dictated the best-of-three series so far.

With Joshua Smith struggling because of stomach problems, the KaTropa's homegrown players stepped up to give them a 102-84 win in the opener on Monday night.


However, it was the turn of Baser Amer, Cliff Hodge, and Kelly Nabong to shine two nights later as the Bolts staved off Alex Stepheson's foul trouble and forced the decider with an overtime win.


The winner of the rubber match will face Ginebra in their semifinal series that will begin on Sunday night at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

"I expect [Game 3 on] Friday to be a dogfight. I expect my men to come back and fight like they did [on Wednesday], but at the same time, we know that the other side is very talented and they can bounce back anytime," said Meralco coach Norman Black.

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