• GlobalPort, Alaska gun for semifinal seats tonight


    GlobalPort and Alaska will try to advance to the semifinal round when they clash against their respective opponents on Friday at the start of quarterfinal round of 40th Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.

    Game time is at 4:15 pm.

    Finishing the elimination round with a 7-4 win-loss record and a twice-to-beat advantage, the Batang Pier of Pido Jarencio will rely on scoring guard Terrence Romeo, rookie Stanley Pringle, Asian import Omar Krayem and 7-footer Jarred Famous, among others, to barge into the semifinals.

    “We already have a motivation coming into this game. We beat Star [Hotshots] in the elimination round that’s why I believe we can do it again,” said Jarencio. “I respect coach Tim Cone and the Star Hotshots that’s why we prepared a lot for this series.”

    GlobalPort ended the elimination round with a crucial win against No. 1 Alaska on Tuesday (117-104) to get the twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinal round. If they win against Star Hotshots, GlobalPort will gain its first ever franchise semifinals berth.

    The 6’10” Famous ranks third among imports in scoring with a 31.4-point average and second in rebounding with 21 per game in seven outings, while teammate Romeo is averaging 23.27 points after 11 games.

    The Star Hotshots, under grand slam head coach Tim Cone, booked the No. 7 spot in the quarterfinals and are expected to fight for survival and force a do-or-die game on Sunday against Batang Pier.

    In the other quarterfinal match at 7:15 pm, top seed Alaska of Alex Compton battles No. 8 crowd-favo¬rite Barangay Ginebra of Frankie Lim.

    The Aces, who hold the twice-to-beat edge after finishing the regular season with an 8-3 record, will bank on import Romeo Travis, Vic Manuel, Cyrus Baguio and Calvin Abueva, among others.

    The Gin Kings, on the other hand, survived a gritty challenge from Northern Luzon Expressway (110-107) on Wednesday to catch the last bus to the quarterfinals. Japeth Aguilar nailed a game-winning triple with 1.7seconds remaining to steal the win.

    Import Orlando Johnson and Asian import Kim Jiwan will try to keep Ginebra alive for one more game to bid for a semifinal seat.


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