Globalport Batang Pier will seek the solo top spot when they face defending champion Purefoods Star Hotshots while Rain or Shine take on the San Miguel Beermen who are yet to post a win in the 40th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governor’s Cup elimination round at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City today.
Batang Pier, with a 2-0, slate need to win over the Hotshots in their 4:15 p.m. encounter to grab the solo top spot. Commissioner’s Cup runner-up Elasto Painters, on the other hand, hope to post a win against the San Miguel Beermen at 7 p.m.
After convincing wins over Meralco (92-73) and Blackwater (100-76), coach Pido Jarencio’s team is confident to keep their winning run. But reigning champion Purefoods is a formidable foe carrying a 1-0 record following their 89-85 victory over NLEX Road Warriors on Saturday.
Besides Terrence Romeo, who notched an average of 23.50 points in two outings, Jarencio’s squad will bank on the prowess of 7’0 Patrick O’Bryant and another import 6’2 Palestinian Omar Krayem. The return of rookie Stanley Pringle from injury likewise boosted Globalport’s firepower.
They will be up against veteran import Marqus Blakely, who is playing for Purefoods for the fourth consecutive Governor’s Cup. The 6’5 Blakely, the 2013 Best Import, was part of the Grandslam team who posted an average of 20 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists last year.
He would be supported by Marc Pingris, James Yap, Marc Barroca and Joe Devance.
Rain or Shine will also field Wendell McKiness, who once played for the Alaska Aces. The 6’4 McKiness will be pitted against Beermen’s 6’4 Arizona Reid, a two-time Best Import in the Governor’s cup.