GlobalPort, Talk ‘N Text and Alaska will be all aiming for a fourth victory when they meet their respective foes today in the elimination round of the Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Batang Pier will battle the Aces in the first game at 4:15 p.m. before the 7 p.m. match between the Tropang Texters and the Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Road Warriors.
Coming off a three-game winning streak including their last against erstwhile unbeaten leader Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (3-1) on Friday (113-111), the GlobalPort Batang Pier are keen to notch another win when they face Alaska’s tough frontline defenders Calvin Abueva, Sonny Thoss and Vic Manuel.
GlobalPort and Alaska each hold a 3-1 win-loss record.
Stanley Pringle and Terrence Romeo, who posted 27 and 25 points, respectively against the Painters, are expected to lead the Batang Pier anew with the support of Keith Jensen, Anthony Washington, Billy Mamaril, Joseph Yeo and Doug Kramer.
Chris Banchero, Jayvee Casio, Cyrus Baguio, veteran guard Dondon Hontiveros, Chris Exciminiano and RJ Jazul are also expected to step up in today’s game.
In the other game, Talk ‘N Text, with a 3-1 win-loss record, is expected to depend on the prowess of Jayson Castro who finished with 33 points in their last win against the Star Hotshots on Saturday.
Besides Castro, rookies Moala Tautuaa and Jeth Troy Rosario, Ryan Reyes, Jai Reyes, veteran Danny Seigle, Harvey Carey, Larry Fonacier, Dennis Miranda and Aaron Aban, are expected to power the Texters.
The Road Warriors with a 2-2 win-loss record, are expected to lean on Sean Anthony, Paul Asi Taulava, Simon Enciso, Jonas Villanueva, Mark Borboran and Wynne Arboleda in their clash against Talk ‘N Text.
JOSEF T. RAMOS