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Ginebra, Meralco gun for crucial finals edge--unless "Karen" intervenes

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By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Ginebra and Meralco battle for the fifth time in the PBA Governors' Cup Finals as they look to go 3-2 up in the best-of-seven series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Sunday night.

However, inclement weather can force the league to postpone the match scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. tip-off.

"We are currently keeping track of tropical storm Karen. Sunday's game can and will be cancelled in the event that it intensifies," the PBA said in a statement on Saturday night.

As of 8 p.m. Saturday, Metro Manila is placed under Signal No. 2 because of Typhoon "Karen" as it continues to move closer to mainland Luzon while also gaining strength and speed.

Because of the Barangay's 88-86 Game 4 win on Friday night, a match against the Bolts on Wednesday night was assured, but on whether it will be Game 5 or Game 6 depends on the PBA's advisory, which is expected to be released by 9 a.m. Sunday.

Regardless of whether Game 5 will be played as scheduled on Sunday or on Wednesday night, Ginebra and Meralco aim to move to within a win from clinching the championship in the final conference of the season.

Should Game 5 takes place on Wednesday, Game 6 will be played on Friday, and Game 7, if necessary, will happen next Sunday, all at the said venue.

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