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Brgy. Ginebra vs Magnolia QF | PBA Season 48 Philippine Cup

Second-seeded Brgy. Ginebra took the fast lane to the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals after dumping No. 7 Magnolia, 99-77, Saturday in a one-sided “Manila Clasico” quarterfinal duel at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

Christian Standhardinger was the bulldozer that provided power to the nearly wire-to-wire romp of the Gin Kings, who seized a 28-17 tear in the first period and kept their tough defensive wall and relentless assault all the way through.

Standhardinger punched in 36 points – his highest output in a Ginebra uniform – to go with 11 rebounds and five assists in a tour de force performance that rubbed off on his teammates in this clincher.

Maverick Ahanmisi rifled in 16 spiked by three triples, Japeth Aguilar shot 12 highlighted by a thunderous dunk, rookie Ralph Cu had 11 on three treys and Scottie Thompson also had 11 laced with 10 boards and a career-high seven assists.

Such efforts lifted the Gin Kings to the best-of-seven semifinals – their fourth straight – against the winner of the quarterfinal duel between Meralco and NLEX. The Bolts hold a 1-0 lead in that race-to-two contest after a 97-93 fightback triumph in Game 1.

Coach Tim Cone and his troops were the first semifinalists, earning that distinction a few hours after No. 1 and fellow twice-to-beat San Miguel Beer failed to get a Final Four seat on their first try and fell to No. 8 Terrafirma, 95-106. As Ginebra rests, SMB and the Dyip will dispute the Last-8 ticket on Wednesday.

“We have lots of respect for Magnolia. They’ve handled us quite a bit over the last couple of years so we know we had to come out and play a great game,” said Cone.

“We saw what happened to San Miguel in the first game and we didn’t want that (forced to a sudden death) happening to us. So I just felt like the guys came out aggressively and did a great job defensively and we had a really good energy throughout the game and kept on pushing and pushing.”

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