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"MATIRA ANG MATIBAY" | Knockout D-League semis games on

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By Ivan Saldajeno

BACOOR--"Matira [ang] matibay sa Tuesday," that is how Tanduay coach Lawrence Chongson describes what to expect in the do-or-die PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals at the Strike Gym.

The Rhum Masters forced the decider against the Racal Tile Masters scheduled at 6 p.m. after canceling the latter's twice-to-beat advantage on Thursday night at the said venue.

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"The only lesson to be learned [after that game] is [that] we can't relax against Tanduay," said Racal's gaffer Caloy Garcia.

On the other hand, Phoenix coach Eric Gonzales feels relieved that they have a twice-to-beat advantage against Cafe France-CEU after the latter, the defending champions, mashed their own semifinal edge also on Thursday.

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"Cafe France is much superior than Phoenix [in that game]. Blessing na lang din na twice-to-beat kami, but our side will try our best to put up a good fight," Gonzales said ahead of their own knockout match at 4 p.m.

On the other hand, Cafe France mentor Egay Macaraya said, "Hopefully, we can bring the same intensity [last Thursday to the] next game."

However, Macaraya may need to choose which side he is on as his college team, San Sebastian, is also scheduled for a Tuesday game against Arellano at 2 p.m. at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan at the start of the second round of the NCAA season.

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