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SMB, Alaska seek title duel

Top seed San Miguel Beer and second seeded Alaska try to forge a title showdown when they battle their respective semis rivals on Sunday in the UNTV Cup PBA Legends Faceoff at the Pasig City Sports Center.

SMB, Alaska seek title duel
Purefoods forward Alvin Patrimonio (right) drives against Ginebra’s Bennett Palad during the UNTV Cup PBA Legends Faceoff match.
The Beermen collide with the win-less Purefoods Hotdogs at 1:30 p.m. following the 12 noon encounter between the Alaska Milkmen and the Ginebra San Miguel Kings.

The matches will be shown starting at 3 p.m. on UNTV.

Both San Miguel and Alaska need only to beat their rivals once to arrange a title showdown after finishing 1-2 in the short elims of the four-team tournament that aims at helping the PBA Legends Foundation which is chaired by former PBA hotshot Atoy Co.

UNTV president and CEO Dr. Daniel Razon said the combined prizes of P2 million will go to the PBA Legends Foundation which is helping former pro players who are either sick or are in need of financial help for the education of their children.

Out to lead San Miguel is Allan Caidic who erupted for 32 points on an impressive 9-of-13 shooting from the three-point zone on Father’s Day last Sunday where they demolished the Gin Kings, 135-107.

Expected to provide help are Nic Belasco and Chris Calaguio who combined for eight triples while Kiko Adriano, Danny Siegle and Danny Ildefonso are the other players to watch form the Beermen.

Four-time MVP winner Alvin Patrimonio needs more help from his teammates that include Jerry Codinera, Glenn Capacio, Roger Yap and Dindo Pumaren if they are to force a rubber match in their series.

The Milkmen, on the other hand, will once again lean on the razzle-dazzle performance of the Johnny Abarrientos in their bid for a repeat over the Gin Kings. Abarrientos tallied 16 assists and 25 points spiked by three triples in the team’s 92-70 win over the Hotdogs also last Sunday.

Vince Hizon is likely to be a marked man for Ginebra after exploding for a tournament-high 41 points against the Beermen.

Topics: San Miguel Beer , Alaska , Ginebra , Purefoods , UNTV Cup PBA Legends Faceoff
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