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Jeffrei Chan of Rain or Shine is set to attck the basket even as Alaska's Vic Manuel sticks close. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The Alaska Aces look to grab a commanding 2-0 lead over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in Game Two of their best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.

The Aces and the Elasto Painters meet at 5 p.m. live on TV5.

Despite being down by 17 points in the second quarter, Alaska rallied in the second half and dispatched Rain or Shine, 87-80, in Game One last Thursday.

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San Miguel Beer point guard Alex Cabagnot calls a play. Sports/Paul Ryan Tan

The San Miguel Beermen welcomed the return of point guard Alex Cabagnot in Game One of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Friday and many observers were looking to see how he would co-exist with Arwind Santos.

There was talk about the two players not getting along during their last stint together, but both were quick to show that any existing tension would not spill over onto the court as they blew out Talk ‘N Text, 109-86, in their series opener.

Santos had 21 points and eight rebounds while Cabagnot had 13 points, six boards and six assists as they helped lead the team to a very convincing win.

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Alex Cabagnot of San Miguel Beer shoots over Talk 'N Text rookie Matthew Ganielas-Rosser. PBA Images/Nuki Sabio

Veteran point guard Alex Cabagnot enjoyed some success as part of the San Miguel franchise, winning a title and making a few PBA finals appearances in his years as a Beerman.

In his return, Cabagnot is looking for some redemption, especially for the team’s Game Seven loss to the San Mig Coffee Mixers, now known as the Purefoods Star Hotshots, in his last finals stint.

“Syempre naman gusto kong bumawi,” Cabagnot told a small group of sportswriters.

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Arwind Santos of San Miguel Beer keep a close eye on Talk 'N Text's Ranidel de Ocampo. Sports5.Paul Ryan Tan

San Miguel star Arwind Santos may remain friends with old teammates like Ranidel De Ocampo and Jay Washington off the court, but he admitted that friendships can sometimes be set aside in the heat of a playoff battle.

The former PBA MVP expressed some displeasure with an incident involving De Ocampo in Game One of his team’s best-of-seven semifinal series against Talk ‘N Text.

Santos dunked the ball in the midst of a second quarter run and hung onto the rim after the slam. De Ocampo tried to go for a quick inbound and ended up knocking Santos off balance on his way down.

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June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer tries to deny Jayson Castro of Talk 'N Text. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The last time Alex Cabagnot was playing for San Miguel, June Mar Fajardo was a fast-rising star with potential to be one the best players in the PBA.

In the time that the point guard’s been gone, the 6-foot-10 Cebuano slotman has become the league’s dominant force, winning the MVP award last season and showing little signs of slowing down in this current campaign.

“June Mar is improving, night and day. When I was here before, he was already one of our go-to-guys. Now, he’s everything, he’s the go-to-guy. Before he was good, he was even better now,” Cabagnot told a small group of sportswriters.

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 Ranidel De Ocampo didn't have as much help as Arwind Santos as the San Miguel Beermen outclassed the Talk n' Text Texters in Game 1 of their semifinals series Photo by KC Cruz

The San Miguel Beermen shut down the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters to take Game One of their best-of-seven semifinals series, 109-86, on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

June Mar Fajardo led San Miguel with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Arwind Santos had 21 points and eight boards. The two combined for a 15 of 24 shooting clip. Alex Cabagnot had an all-around game off the bench wth 13 markers, six boards and six assists. Marcio Lassiter had 10 points and eight rebounds.

"Before the game, I was really nervous. Mixed emotions [because] it's my first game in the semis," said San Miguel head coach Leo Austria. "I was surprised coz they had a good start. This is just one game. I'm sure that they will bounce back."

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Kevin Alas of Talk 'N Text scores after beating the defense of San Miguel Beer's Jeric Fortuna. Sports5/Paul yan Tan

The San Miguel Beermen and the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters renew their budding rivalry as they tip off their PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven semifinals series Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.

San Miguel Beer and Talk ‘N Text collide at 7 p.m. live on TV5.

The Beermen and the Tropang Texters, the marquee teams of corporate rivals San Miguel Corp. and MVP Group of Companies, are facing off once again in a matchup full of history and bad blood between the two.

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