Batang Pier, Aces seek second straight victories

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OPENING day winners Globalport Batang Pier and Alaska Aces gun for back-to-back wins when they face separate foes today in the 40th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governor’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.

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Batang Pier, fresh from their 92-73 triumph over Meralco Bolts, face Blackwater Elite at 4:15 p.m. while the Aces hope for another win as they collide against the Gin Kings at 7 p.m.

Besides new head coach Frankie Lim and new acquisition Solomon Mercado, the Kings will also parade two imports namely 6’5 Orlando Johnson and 6’3 guard Sancher Tungalag of Mongolia, their Asian import.

Lim succeeded former coach Ato Agustin in the Gin Kings’ bench while the 6’1 guard Mercado, fifth overall pick by Alaska in 2008 was acquired via a one-on-one trade with Joseph Yeo, who now plays for Barako Bull.

Both Johnson and Tungalag will be pitted against Alaska lone import Romeo Travis. The 6’7 Travis, a former teammate of Lebron James at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, posted 18 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot in their 106-80 win over Blackwater on Tuesday.

Globalport’s 7’0 Patrick O’Bryant and Palestinian Omar Krayem, who combined with 33 points in their game against Meralco, will be paired against Blackwater’s 6’11 naturalized Filipino player Marcus Douthit.

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