FINALS: Powerade Tigers 1 - 3 Talk N Text Tropang Texters
B-Meg coach Tim Cone insists their twice-to-beat advantage over Powerade in their PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals match-up is not a sure ticket to the next round. 

Cone considers Powerade a threat that can be very dangerous if his B-Meg Llamados don’t do their job. 

The Llamados, the elimination round topnotchers, take their first of two cracks at the semifinals in taking on the Tigers at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. 

“We’ll have to be sharp right at the get-go. In a short series like this, there’s a very little margin for error,” said Cone.

“Powerade, outside of Ginebra, has been the hot team down the stretch of the conference, so our assignment is especially tough,” Cone added. 

The Llamados are riding the crest of a searing eight-game streak going to the playoffs but the Tigers are enjoying momentum of their own. 

The Tigers won three of their last four games, and their victories included an 18-point blowout of the Clickers and a 35-point rout of the Talk n Text Tropang Texters. 

They closed out their elims stint with a 99-95 decision over the Energy Tuesday. “They’re really coming on strong,” said Cone of the Tigers. 

B-Meg overpowered Powerade, 97-80, last Oct. 26 when the Tigers – as Cone himself noted -- had yet to build chemistry. 

Powerade coach Bo Perasol promised one thing: “We won’t back down on the challenge.” “We realize how well B-Meg has been playing both individually as a team. 

The knockout game will be a testament on how far we’ve grown as a team,” said Perasol. 

Being the lowest seed, Powerade needs to win two in a row to make the semifinals. (SB)


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