• Barako Bull faces Mahindra in Biñan

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    The Barako Bull Energy will be on a hunt for their third win when they clash against the Mahindra Enforcers in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Philippine Cup at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna today.

    The Energy, who kept the Meralco Bolts winless in four games last Sunday, will battle the Enforcers in the first game at 4:15 p.m. before the 7 p.m. match of the Meralco Bolts and the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings.

    Barako Bull, under coach Koy Banal with a 2-2 win-loss record, is expected to lean on playmaker Josh Urbiztondo, JC Intal, Willie Wilson, Ryan Roose Garcia, Mac Baracael, Mick Pennisi and Eman Monfort in their fight against Mahindra.

    But the Enforcers, who just halted a three-game losing skid by beating the Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Road Warriors 103-93 last week, are also expected to go all-out against the Energy.

    Mahindra is holding a 1-3 win-loss record.

    The Enforcers will bank on the prowess of Nino “KG” Canaleta, Aldrich Ramos, veteran Eddie Laure, Hyram Bagatsing, Mark Yee, rookie Bradwyn Guinto, Rich Alvarez, Karl Dehesa and LA Revilla in challenging the Energy.

    Ginebra, meanwhile, is expected to cruise easily past winless Meralco in the second game.

    The Gin Kings under coach Tim Cone are coming off an 82-100 loss to reigning champions San Miguel Beermen while the Bolts under coach Norman Black, previously lost 106-108 to the Barako Bull Energy.

    Ginebra is expected to lean on the 7-footer Greg Slaughter and 6’9 Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio, Chris Ellis, Mark Caguioa, Solomon Mercado, rookie Earl Scottie Thompson, Joe Devance and Dave Marcelo, among others.

    Ginebra holds a 1-3 win-loss record.

    Meralco will bank on Gary David, Cliff Hodge, Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Reynel Hugnatan, Jimmy Alapag, Jared Dillinger and rookies Chris Newsome and Baser Amer, in their campaign to break a four-game losing streak.

    JOSEF T. RAMOS

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