Barangay Ginebra guns for an eighth win when it takes on Phoenix Petroleum while GlobalPort faces Blackwater today in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 41 Governors’ Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City.
The Gin Kings, with a 7-2 win-loss record and currently No.2, will meet the Fuel Masters in the second game at 7:15 p.m. after the Batang Pier vs the Elite match at 4:15 p.m.
Riding on the impressive performance of import Justine Brownlee, the Gin Kings are aiming for a fourth consecutive win. A victory of the Gin Kings would strengthen their bid of making it to the Top Four and a twice-to-beat advantage into the quarterfinals.
But Ginebra’s 7-footer center Greg Slaughter is still nursing an injured knee, which he hurt in their game against Mahindra on Friday.
Guard Solomon Mercado, Japeth Aguilar, Dave Marcelo, rookie Earl Scottie Thompson, LA Tenorio and Chris Ellis will lead the Gin Kings under coach Tim Cone.
The Fuel Masters, on the other hand, are holding a 5-5 win-loss record and are very determined to stop the Gin Kings’ three-game winning streak. “We’re just going to give our best offensively and defensively,” said Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia.
Swingman JC Intal is expected to suit up for Phoenix after missing several games because of a minor knee injury. Import Eugene Phelps, who notched 34 points and 24 rebounds in their loss to Alaska, will lead the charge with the help of Willie Wilson, Cyrus Baguio and rookie Mark Cruz.
Meanwhile, GlobalPort will bank on guard Terrence Romeo, Stanley Pringle and import Mike Glover. The Batang Pier, with a 3-7 win-loss record, and the Elite, with 1-8, are already out of race for the quarterfinals.