WHO  IS  NEXT -  BEERMEN  OR  TIGERS?

MANILA, JUNE 10, 2007
(STAR) By Nelson Beltran - For San Miguel Beer and Coca-Cola, the death march continues today as both teams seek to survive the wildcard round to gain the last seat in the Talk n Text PBA Fiesta Cup quarterfinal round.

The Beermen and the Tigers play a second sudden-death match in three days, now facing each other to decide which team advances to the quarterfinals against Barangay Ginebra.

The lone match is set at 6 p.m. at the Araneta Coliseum with both teams looking to avoid elimination, or better, to stay in contention in the season-ending tourney.

The Beermen ousted the Sta. Lucia Realtors, 102-85, while the Tigers eliminated the Purefoods Giants, 100-97, Wednesday to set up their knockout setto for the right to battle the Kings in the next round.

It will be an interesting match-up between two teams which both battled back into contention following a key import change.

The Beermen, who started the tourney with six straight losses, have won nine of their 12 games with Galen Young while the Tigers showed tremendous improvement in two games with Rashad Bell so far.

“It was a crucial change of import it raised the energy level of our team,” said Coca-Cola coach Favis, thankful of what Bell has done to the Tigers.

Bell, the Tigers’ second import replacement, averaged 42 points a game against James Penny and Marquin Chandler. For sure, Bell will be San Miguel’s biggest concern tonight.

Young averages only 16.7 points but he’s No. 2 in the league in assists with 6.8 a game, and he has a more solid local support to depend on.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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