Barangay Ginebra plays against the Meralco Bolts today in the 39th Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup elimination round at the Araneta Coliseum.
After Ginebra suffered its fourth setback, coach Ato Agustin brought in new import Josh Powell to boost the team’s chance of making it to the playoff but its not yet confirmed whether the 6’9 former Los Angeles Lakers Powell, who just arrived on Tuesday, would play in the 8 p.m. game today. Barako Bull face the Alaska Aces in the first game at 5:45 p.m.
Powell was a member of the Lakers, when the team won the NBA crown in 2009 and 2010.
Meralco, on the other hand, is also set to field Darnell Jackson as a replacement for Brian Butch. The 6’9 Jackson is the 52nd overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft and has played with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings.
“He’s massive, big, and has a totally different game. He has a very nice resume, but I still don’t know the kind of chemistry he will bring to the table,” said Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio.
Ginebra is currently in a tie with Barako Bull from 8th to 9th position. Both are carrying identical 2-4 cards and are in danger of losing their chances of advancing to the quarterfinals. The grim possibility forced Agustin to replace Leon Rodgers, who is a good scorer but weak in defense and rebounding. Rodgers is currently third in the scoring department with an average of 33 points but last in rebounds (11 per game) and fifth in turnovers with 2.33 per clip.