PBA Live Stream - Petron Boosters might have finished the elimination round on high note but they are in for real test when they take on Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in a best-of-five series in the 2013 Governor's Cup.
The Boosters have been playing remarkable basketball throughout the elimination round, losing only once in nine games to clinch the top seed in the playoff round.
In last week's quarterfinal against Ginebra, Petron's composure was tested by their sister team, but the big plays from JunMar Fajardo and Arwin Santos sealed the deal for the Boosters.
Meanwhile, it has been a roller-coaster ride for head coach Yeng Guiao and his Elasto Painters, who ended up with a 5-4 slate after the elimination round. Rain or Shine's entry into the semifinal round wasn't easy at all as they had to overcome a spirited challenge from first-time quarterfinalist Global Port Batang Pier.
Rain or Shine suffered a big blow after they learned that starting point guard Paul Lee is now ruled out for the remainder of the playoffs due to a torn right calf muscle he sustained in their quarterfinal game against Global Port.
Still, the defending Governors Cup champions are out to give the highly-favored Boosters a rough semifinal battle. The extra rice tandem of JR Quinahan and Beau Belga will surely do damage in this match-up while Gabe Norwood, Jeff Chan and Ryan Arana are expected to step up to fill the void left by their point guard.
Of course, the import match-up between petron's Elijiah Milsap and Rain or Shine's Arizona Reid will surely spice things up in this pulsating semis series.
Quotes To Ponder
During the press conference, Petron head coach Gee Abanilla stressed that he would not engage in any verbal war with Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao, adding that his main concern is how to steer his team to the finals.
"We are excited about our game tomorrow," Abanilla said. "We have to raise our level of play a notch higher and expect a battle against Rain or Shine. Being physically and mentally prepared against them is a priority if we want to be successful."
On the other hand, Guiao is convinced that his boys are in for a tough battle with a Boosters team loaded with firepower at all position.
"Going back to an old cliche, we will take this one game at a time. We can't afford to look any further," Guiao told Phil Inquirer PBA. "We have to look for a weakness even if they don't have one. We have to be strong mentally to make up for their depth and talent. Keep the game close to give ourselves a chance at winning."
Schedule & Live Stream Information
IBT Sports will be providing live stream, previews, recaps and boxscore information of the best-of-five semifinal series between Petron and Rain or Shine. Replays will be provided a day after the match. (Live Stream Links will be provided once available)
PBA Live Stream & Replay San Mig vs. Meralco - Governor's Cup Semifinal Coverage, Preview, Schedule & Boxscore Information
Game 1 - Link 1/ Link 2 - (Preview/ Recap/ Boxscore)
Game 2 - Link 1/ Link 2 - (Preview/Recap/ Boxscore)
Game 3 - Link 1/ Link 2 -(Preview/Recap/ Boxscore)
Game 4 & Game 5, if necessary
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