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Tropa, Dyip, Batang Pier shoot for fifth win

Olmin Leyba - The Philippine Star
Tropa, Dyip, Batang Pier shoot for fifth win
Sixth-running TNT (4-4), No. 7 Terrafirma (4-5) and No. 8 NorthPort (4-5) shoot for a pivotal fifth win while No. 10 Phoenix (3-5) looks to keep its quarterfinals drive alive in today’s double-header at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
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MANILA, Philippines —  The time to make headway in the tight race for the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs is now, especially for those in the fringes of the Magic 8.

Sixth-running TNT (4-4), No. 7 Terrafirma (4-5) and No. 8 NorthPort (4-5) shoot for a pivotal fifth win while No. 10 Phoenix (3-5) looks to keep its quarterfinals drive alive in today’s double-header at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Tropang Giga, who were stalled by Barangay Ginebra Friday, 83-87, and the Fuel Masters, riding the crest of a 112-77 blowout over NLEX Saturday, seek to advance their respective agenda as they tussle at 7:30 p.m.

The Batang Pier and the Dyip, meanwhile, tangle at 4:30 p.m., both determined to arrest their current skids and inch closer to the next round.

“Hindi lang mas humirap, sobrang hirap,” TNT coach Chot Reyes said about chasing a quarters berth under the current landscape.

“All of the teams have really upgraded… We cannot win games on talent or just showing up. We really have to outwork and outhustle every team that we play.”

NorthPort and Terrafirma even enjoyed seats in the Top 4 after starting their campaigns strong. But missteps by the Batang Pier and the Dyip in their recent assignments spanning four games and two matches, respectively, have pulled them down the standings.

Still, all’s not lost for these Last-8 aspirants.

“As much as we want to talk about what happened, we got to move on,” said NorthPort star Arvin Tolentino after NP absorbed a 120-100 beating from quarters-bound San Miguel Sunday.

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