Kings eye No. 4 vs. Dyip
BARANGAY Ginebra set out as the overwhelming favorite when it takes on winless Terrafirma in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Gametime is 5:45 p.m. with the.Gin Kings gunning for their fourth win in six matches — and second in a row since an inspiring 103-97 victory over erstwhile unbeaten Magnolia Chicken Timplados last Oct. 23.
A win by Ginebra would put it in a tie for third place with either TNT Tropang Giga or Converge FiberX, which will clash in the curtairaiser at 3 p.m.
Like Ginebra, both TNT and Converge are also 3-2 in the import-spiced conference.
Justin Brownlee, who made the clutch baskets in Ginebra’s victory over Magnolia, and Scottie Thompson, who earned “Best Player of the Week” honor from the PBA Press Corp, are again expected to lead the Gin Kings.
At 0-6, Terrafirma is desperately in need of a victory to salvage some measure of pride and avert another winless conference.
The Dyip are still hurting from a dismal 76-130 setback to Bay Area Dragons last Oct. 21
Last Wednesday, San Miguel Beer spoiled the much-awaited debut of rookie Will Navarro to roll back NorthPort, 104-86, and improve to 3-3 overall.
Devon Scott fired 13 of his 25 points in the first period and four other Beermen scored in double figures to move up to .500 with their second straight win.
CJ Perez added 15 points, Simon Enciso an1d Jericho Cruzcontributed 14 points each and Robbue Herndon had 11 for San Miguel, which also missed the services of Marcio Lassiter and Chris Ross.
Lassiter, who powered San Miguel to a 124-116 victory over NLEX last Sunday, is out due to health and safety protocols.
Ross was also absent due to a swollen knee.
“This game is so important for us and this win is so important because everybody’s fighting out for the Top Four.We’re fighting for our playoff bid, and we can’t afford to lose to NorthPort,” San Miguel coach Leo Austria told sportswriters.
“Isang talo ang laki ng bagsak mo at isang panalo malaki rin ang igagalaw mo sa standings,” he added.
Austria mentioning the strong game of Herndon who went 5-of-10 from the field in 30 minutes while starting at small forward position.
Import Prince Ibeh had a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Batang Pier, who suffered their second straight setback for 3-4 overall.