TNT aims for seat in finals; SMB attempts to stay alive
DESTINATION finals. TNT KaTropa wants no more of the semifinals as it hopes to wrap things up and punch the first ticket to the finals of the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup.
Leading the series, 3-2, the Tropang Texters are looking to finish off their best-of-seven semis clash against defending champion San Miguel Beer in Game 6 today at 5 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
TNT KaTropa is back in the driver’s seat after taking a vital 101-94 triumph in Game 5 Thursday night over the Beermen.
Tropang Texters coach Nash Racela described the crucial win and went further in hoping that his team can carry all the positives from into Game 6 to close out the series.
“We need one more game. We made counter adjustments and they worked. Hopefully, they will continue to work in this next game,” said Racela.
This is TNT KaTropa’s first chance to make the finals in the last two years.
The last time the Tropang Texters were in the finals was back in 2015, when they won the Commissioner’s Cup, their last title.
Now, another win will give them the chance to aim for another championship in the finale.
On the other hand, the Beermen will look to stave off elimination and continue their title defense as they are on the brink for the first time this season.
A win for San Miguel will extend the series as a winner-take-all Game 7 will be set for Monday in the event that happens.
Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra and Star, who are currently tied at 2-2 in their own semis duel, are in a dog fight in Game 5 of their affair as both teams seek to gain the upperhand.