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GOVS CUP OPENS WITH CLASH OF 2012 FINALISTS

What better way to open the 2013 PBA Governors’ Cup than to have the two teams which battled to a seven-game Finals classic last year go at each other again?

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Rain or Shine starts its title defense on opening night August 14, Wednesday, at the Mall of Asia Arena when it takes on archrival San Mig Coffee at 7:30 p.m. Arizona Reid, a former Best Import awardee, will lead the Elasto Painters’ charge against the Mixers, who will have the high-leaping Marqus Blakely back for another tour of duty.

This highly-anticipated grudge match will dome after the 5:15 p.m. encounter between the Air21 Express and GlobalPort Batang Pier.

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On August 16,Friday, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Talk n Text goes up against Barako Bull in the 5:15 p.m. curtainraiser, while Meralco tests new head coach Gee Abanilla and his Petron Blaze Boosters at 7:30 p.m.

The league motors up to the Ynares Center in Antipolo City for the doubleheader featuring GlobalPort – Rain or Shine at 3:45 p.m. and San Mig Coffee vs Air21 at 6:00 p.m.

Crowd darling Barangay Ginebra San Miguel debuts against Petron Blaze at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, August 18, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum after the 4:15 p.m. battle between Barako Bull and Meralco.

Commissioner’s Cup champion Alaska gets its first taste of Governors Cup action when it tangles with the Tropang Texters on August 21, Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m.

The 10 teams play a single-round eliminations, after which the two teams at the bottom of the standings are eliminated.

In the quarterfinals, the No. 1 team in the eliminations will play the No. 8 team, No. 2 vs No. 7, No. 3 vs No. 6 and No. 4 vs No. 5, with the top four seeds having the twice-to-beat advantage.

The winners then meet in a best-of-five semifinals.

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The last two survivors then clash in a best-of-seven Finals. (JL)

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