GINEBRA will stake its hold of the solo lead when it battles Globalport Batang Pier while defending champion Talk ‘N Text faces San Mig Coffee today in the 39th Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup elimination round at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Kings, seeking to end a five-year title drought, are bearing a 10-2 card but a loss to Batang Pier could derail their bid for a twice-to-beat edge because Rain or Shine (10-3) and Petron Blaze (9-4) could still forge a possible triple tie at the top of the standings.
Coach Ato Agustin’s Ginebra faces Globalport at 5:45 p.m. while the Tropang Texters will attempt to halt the Coffee Mixers’ three-game winning run at 8 p.m.
A win by the eight-time champion Kings, who last won a title in the 1988 Fiesta Cup, would enable them to take the first twice-to-beat advantage even if they lose in their last assignment against the Tropang Texters on Sunday.
In the other game, San Mig Coffee is already assured of a quarterfinals berth following its 112-93 win over Petron Blaze on Wednesday. San Mig is occupying the solo fifth with a 6-7 record while Talk ‘N Text is solo fourth with 7-5 card.