San Juan, Davao open division title series

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first_imgThe San Juan-Manila series evokes memories of the now-defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association, where the two cities figured in an intense rivalry in the early 2000s.Now coaching the Stars, Philip Cezar, who called the shots for San Juan during the MBA days, expects a dogfight between the two teams that are coming off equally impressive wins in the division semifinals.The Knights will be powered by the rejuvenated Mac Cardona, who averaged 25.5 points and 8.5 assists in the sweep of Quezon City.ADVERTISEMENT While the Tigers had a five-day respite after dispatching the Bacoor City Strikers in their own semifinal series last Saturday, the Athletics have little time to recover after subduing Zamboanga, 80-72, on Tuesday night in their rubber match.Manila fought back from a Game 1 defeat to oust top seed Bataan in three games, while San Juan remains unbeaten in the playoffs after breezing past Navotas and Quezon City in the first two rounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsVal Acuna played his best game in the playoffs with 17 pints, while Jeff Viernes had another superb outing of 15 points and nine assists for the Athletics, who lost Game 1 of the series before bouncing back to take the next two at home.With Davao boasting of an experienced frontline led by Mark Yee, the Athletics will try to counter with Jhaymo Eguilos, who had 13 points in the series-clinching victory. Armed with home court advantage, top seed Davao City and powerhouse San Juan hope to close in on a championship duel when they battle separate foes at the start of their respective divisions finals on Thursday night in the MPBL Datu Cup.The Tigers host the battle-weary Batangas City Athletics at Almendras Gym in Davao City at the start of the best-of-three South division finals, while the Knights slug it out with the Manila Stars in the North division finals at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Unheralded Thai takes Open command MOST READ View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Bato: Duterte’s resignation will only make the opposition happy02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img

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