TNT def Brgy. Ginebra, 84-71 [QF Game 1 | 2021 Philippine Cup | Sept. 29, 2021]


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Only one between the elims’ topnotcher and the titleholder will survive after the quarterfinals of the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup.

The Barangay Ginebra Kings, catching the last quarters ticket on a knockout game triumph over the Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters, pursue their title defense in another do-or-die game Wednesday against top seed TNT Tropang Giga.

It’s a rematch of their championship showdown in the Clark bubble last year. But in a reversal of roles, TNT is now the favored side with its twice-to-beat advantage against an injury-hit Ginebra squad.

Coach Chot Reyes and his troops automatically clinch a semis berth if they win the 6 p.m. setto at the DHVSU Gym. The back-to-the-wall Gin Kings, meanwhile, need to win two in a row to advance to the Final Four against the winner of the San Miguel Beer-NorthPort matchup.

The Tropang Giga, who topped the elims with a 10-1 win-loss card, are determined to get going, with coach Chot Reyes saying their “win-once” bonus would mean nothing if they fail to accomplish their task against the Kings.

The Kings, meanwhile, are bent on making the most of their opportunities – even with their crippled lineup.

“As of today (Tuesday), Scottie (Thompson) is still out and doubtful for the TNT game. We will remain shorthanded it seems, but the guys are in good spirits and ready to play,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone.

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