‘Practice game’

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Terrence Romeo of TNT drives past Rain or Shine star James Yap. —AUGUST DELA CRUZThere was not much at stake for either TNT KaTropa or Rain or Shine as they crossed paths Saturday night in the final elimination round playdate of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Elasto Painters had already sewn up the top seed and the first twice-to-beat advantage while the KaTropa, even with a victory, were going to lose to Alaska in the tiebreak for the No. 2 seed and the second playoff bonus.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West View comments Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But TNT coach Nash Racela had some use for the match.“It’s almost like our practice session as a complete crew. It’s not perfect of course, but I hope it prepares us [for] the next round,” said Racela, moments after the KaTropa hurdled the Elasto Painters, 100-85.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’And what a next round it will be for TNT.Magnolia turned back San Miguel Beer, 101-97, in the later game, sending the defending champion Beermen to what could be the most intriguing, drama-filled quarterfinal matchup: No. 3 TNT against No. 6 San Miguel in a showdown between the flagship franchises of the league’s two rival conglomerates. The two teams tee off the quarterfinal round with Game 1 of their best-of-three series on Monday at The Big Dome.Despite the seeding, though, Racela doesn’t expect to have the edge against the Beermen.“We’re always the underdogs. It doesn’t matter now if you’re third, fourth, fifth or sixth, at least we’re not seventh or eighth,” said Racela.But his wards showed what they are capable of by subduing the Painters despite playing without starting playmaker Jayson Castro, who took a break after the tumultuous Gilas Pilipinas-Australia game in the Fiba World Cup qualifier last week.Castro, once acclaimed as Asia’s top point guard, hit Daniel Kickert with a “Superman punch” to the face during that turbulent evening at Philippine Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Nationals whip Cocolife Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team “Jayson needed time to recover [from that incident],” said Racela.The other quarterfinal pairings will have No. 1 Rain or Shine battling No. 8 GlobalPort. No. 2 Alaska faces off against No. 7 Magnolia while No. 4 Meralco renews its rivalry with No. 5 Brgy. Ginebra in a best-of-three series that starts on Monday.Rain or Shine and Alaska need to win just once to make the semifinals while their opponents need to win back-to-back to advance.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img