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Expect more "chippy" Comm Cup Finals as series now down to virtual best-of-five

The series between San Miguel and Ginebra is expected to still be tense. Dennis Acosta (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--If Game 2 is to be taken as proof, the emotions are now becoming a factor in the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals.

With a number of flagrant and technical fouls and even two ejections called by the referees in the said match, Ginebra head coach Tim Cone said that he will not be surprised if the trend continues as the series goes on.

"It certainly got chippy, and I think you're gonna see that throughout the whole series. We're sister teams, but we're not friendly," said Cone. "We see them as a mountain to climb. They see us as the main threat to their throne. No love lost between the two teams."

Now, the stakes are higher as the best-of-seven series between the Barangay and the San Miguel Beermen is now tied at 1 game apiece, virtually trimming the affair to a best-of-five.

San Miguel's chief gaffer Leo Austria hopes that his team will keep its emotion in check especially with the scenario right now.

"Next time, they should be smart kasi we cannot afford to have those technicals," said Austria.

Game 3 of the said series will commence on Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum at 7 p.m.

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