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Coke ‘coach-less’; SMB, Ginebra handicapped in intriguing PBA twinbill

October 21, 2008 11:33pm

MANILA, Philippines – Coach Binky Favis will not be on the sidelines for Coca-Cola when the Tigers take on the Sta. Lucia Realtors on Wednesday.

Favis admitted on Monday that he would take a “break" from his mentoring duties, a decision that was mutually agreed upon by him and team management.

“There have been disagreements with some of the players regarding our game plans. While we try to resolve the issues, management and I have agreed that I take a leave from the team for [Wednesday's] game," said Favis.

Former league MVP Kenneth Duremdes and Gerard Francisco will take over from Favis in an interim capacity.

The match between the Tigers (1-3) and the Realtors (2-1) is set a 5 p.m., just before the 7:30 p.m. game pitting Barangay Ginebra (2-1) and San Miguel (3-1).

GMANews.TV learned that Favis’ strategies, especially one where he opted to sit out his veterans in favor of younger and untested players, did not sit well with his players and team management.

In the second game, San Miguel Beer tries to extend its three-game winning run without starting guard Mike Cortez.

The Beermen will have to play the Gin Kings, and moreover the rest of the Philippine Cup tournament, sans Cortez who tore his ACL in their game versus Talk ’N Text last Friday and which required surgery.

Cortez will miss at least six months to rehabilitate.

In Cortez’s place, the Beermen activated Chris Calaguio’s status from the reserved list in the hopes of buffering the impact of Cortez’s absence.

A win would put San Miguel a half game behind league-leading Alaska.

Ginebra will try to bounce back from a 100-94 setback to Red Bull last Friday, a mild upset considering the Kings downed Sta. Lucia and Air21 back-to-back and the Bulls were winless prior to their match.

The depleted Kings – who will be without Mark Caguioa (hamstring), Junthy Valenzuela (knee) and Ronald Tubid (suspension) – will rely on Jay-Jay Helterbrand and the rest of the never-say-die crew if they hope to derail their sister team.

“We are preparing as hard as we could and I hope that we could pull this one off," said Ginebra coach Jong Uichico. “You know us. We don’t quit." – GMANews.TV
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