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Meralco, Ginebra get surprise breather too after game postponement

Meralco has its Sunday game postponed, while TNT will now play at an earlier time. PBA Images (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--For the second straight day, the PBA has postponed a game as the league continues to implement its COVID-19 protocols inside the Bacolor semi-bubble.

The PBA announced on Sunday that the game between Meralco and Ginebra will be moved to a later date.

Just like the postponed Saturday game between the Alaska Aces and the San Miguel Beermen, the league did not comment further on which among the Bolts and the Gin Kings have to be isolated.

The supposed rematch of last year's heavily contested semifinal series that was decided by a Scottie Thompson buzzer-beater in Game 5 of the best-of-five affair was set at a 4:35 p.m. start.

In line with that, the supposed 7 p.m. clash between top teams Magnolia and TNT will now fill the void left by the postponed Meralco-Ginebra game.

The PBA also announced that despite them playing the Bolts on Friday night, the Tropang Giga have been cleared to take on the Hotshots at an earlier tip-off at 4:35 p.m.

This means that both Magnolia and TNT will get live national free television airtime on TV5 as their game was initially scheduled to only be aired live on cable channel PBA Rush with TV5 broadcasting the replay at late night.

Another interesting thing in common about the two postponed games is that one of the teams involved in both matches played Terrafirma before their now called-off tiffs.

Like San Miguel, Ginebra took on Terrafirma first on Friday.

Just like against the Beermen, the Dyip slew another giant in no less than the defending champions, beating them, 95-90, off a second straight career-high performance from Juami Tiongson.

Curiously, Terrafirma has been cleared to play on Sunday too, taking on winless Blackwater at 2 p.m.

The Hotshots also got to play against the Bolts on Wednesday night before facing the Bossing on Friday.

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