TANDUAY TAKES GAME TWO, ONE TO GO
Makati City, July 5, 1998 - Defending champion Tanduay is one game away from clinching the championship of the PBL Centennial Cup, after crushing Red Bull, 91-75, yesterday at the Makati Coliseum.
The quest for the crown was led by Filipino-American Eric Menk, who scored 21 points and made 12 rebounds. The 6-foot-6 Menk is the leading candidate for his year's Most Valuable Player. Last year, he was also MVP and Rookie of the Year.
"I told the boys to concentrate and not do anything stupid. Just play their usual game," said Tanduay mentor Alfrancis Chua.
Meanwhile, in the fight for third place, Chowking got even with Welcoat, scoring 75-72, to level their best-of-three at 1-1.
It was a very close game all the way, and Welcoat's Dino Manuel advanced his team close to the lead, 72-73 with a driving basket with less than two minutes left in the game. However, Chowking's Christian Calaguio scored with two free throws to seal the fate of the game.
Welcoat's Jonathan Serrano missed an open triple in the last minute which could have sent the game to overtime.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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