Playoff contest heats up


first_imgEugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying “We’re not ourselves,” was all Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia could say following an 85-82 loss to the Dyip in the Philippine Cup elimination round on Wednesday night. “Maybe they feel like they match up well against us. They hit big shots toward the end.”“Kontra pelo talaga namin ang Columbian,” Garcia added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsA proud franchise which made its mark bringing down league heavyweights going through a winless spell against a perennial doormat?“We’re frustrated,” said big man Beau Belga, who only had four points in 26 minutes of action. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ex-star Reyes not worried over La Salle slide “We’re trying to prepare hard for San Miguel Beer,” said Guiao, whose Road Warriors battle the Beermen at 7 p.m.Meanwhile, NorthPort (2-3) looks to put a controversial loss to Phoenix behind it when the Batang Pier battle the Meralco Bolts at 4:30 p.m.NorthPort nearly toppled current standings leader Phoenix Pulse recently but an offensive foul whistled on star forward Sean Anthony that nullified a lead-forging triple changed the complexion of the match in a crucial endgame sequence.The league has since admitted the call was wrong.Wins become even more crucial at this stretch of the tournament, where a single result can shake up the standings and practically define the makeup of the playoffs.And the Painters’ situation is the best cautionary tale. Now, every team with three losses or less can take a shot at the Painters’ hold of the No. 2 spot.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “It’s like we’ve never learned our lesson,” Belga added in Filipino. “I actually don’t know what to do. If you were able to see the dugout scene earlier, everyone looked pissed. We thought we had an easier job since we were able to survive the stronger teams.”Rain or Shine rode into the long break on a five-game winning streak and a solid shot at landing one of two playoff bonuses. That run ended with a loss to TNT and that twice-to-beat cushion is now in grave danger after the loss to Columbian.Suddenly, it provided the other teams chasing that quarterfinal bonus a wider door.Defending champion San Miguel Beer is one of those teams. And the Beermen resume their chase for a top two berth when they battle the NLEX Road Warriors on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.National coach Yeng Guiao returns from a fruitful stint during Fiba’s Asian qualifiers, where he steered Gilas Pilipinas to a World Cup berth, and he will be facing a different set of problems as he tries to pump life into NLEX’s playoff hopes.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tristan Tamayo/NQUIRER.netRain or Shine’s matchup against Columbian has taken an inexplicable turn for the worse—at least from the Elasto Painters’ point of view.Since last season, Rain or Shine, a perennial darkhorse in any tournament, hasn’t beaten the club that most any team in the PBA would be eager to play against.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img

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