Epic finish for Manila Clasico set with Game 7

Meanwhile, the San Miguel Beermen refused to embrace the role of favorites as they dispute a place in the finals against TNT KaTropa tonight in the deciding game of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Joe Devance also gave an inspiring third quarter performance, scoring all 14 of his points during the third canto, while Japeth Aguilar picked up a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Ginebra's Sol Mercado barrels through the defense of Star's Rafi Reavis in Game 6 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series at the Mall of Asia Arena Sunday night.

Barangay Ginebra controlled the tempo from start to finish en route to the series-clinching victory.

The victor of this game will face the San Miguel Beermen, who defeated the KaTropa Texters on Monday in their Game 7.

"Game 7 is always a 50-50 game and I don't think anyone has the edge".

GINEBRA 91 - Mercado 21, Tenorio 19, Devance 14, Aguilar 11, Cruz 11, Ferrer 6, Taha 3, Jamito 2, Thompson 2, Helterbrand 1, Ellis 1, Caguioa 0, Mariano 0, Marcelo 0.

While it appears that Ginebra has the momentum, knowing the team's "Never Say Die" mantra and the support of most of the fans that will fill MOA to the rafters, Cone believes otherwise.

The Gin Kings return to action on Tuesday night in Game 7 of the Manila Clasico semis against Star.

"It's still positive, it's still 50-50, at least Game 7, do-or-die, maganda pa rin", said Victolero. "It's kind of similar to Game Four of the finals (against Alaska) when we're down and we had to crawl back". "His resolve and his ability to keep on battling, it's just an inspiration to all of us". "It all boils down to who wants it more", Cone said.

Ginebra struggled just to put up a shot to start the game, attempting just seven shots during the first eight minutes of the game as the Hotshots led by as much as 11, 20-9.

The Gin Kings, on the other hand, are gunning for their 23rd overall finals appearance since joining the league in 1979.

  • Leroy Wright