• Barako Bull faces Rain or Shine, risks unbeaten slate

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    BARAKO Bull will stake its unbeaten slate when it faces Rain or Shine while winless San Mig Coffee takes on Air 21 Express today in the 39th Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup elimination round at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

    Coach Bong Ramos’ Barako Energy Cola remains unscathed (2-0) and a win today over the Elasto Painters at 5:15 p.m. would enable them to forge a three-way tie at the top of the standing with Petron Blaze and Ginebra Kings, who are both bearing a 3-0 win-loss cards.

    Governor’s Cup reigning champions Coffee Mixers and the Express, winless in three outings, are desperate to post a victory at the 3 p.m. games today.

    The Energy Cola’s twin victories were at the expense of sister team Air 21 Express (88-75) on November 20 and the Alaska Aces (97-93) on November 24.

    Ramos cautioned his wards not to be over confident because Rain or Shine is a dangerous opponent bearing a 2-1 card. Rain or Shine’s lone setback so far was at the hands of Ginebra Kings, 84-97, also on Sunday, when they came back from a 16-point deficit only to lose steam in the crucial stretch that enabled coach Ato Agustin’s Kings to snatch the victory.

    Frank Calapre

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