RAIN or Shine will seek for its seventh win when it faces San Mig Coffee while Globalport guns for a fifth win when it takes on slumping Barako Bull today in the 39th Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup elimination round at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The Elasto Painters, fresh from their 99-95 victory over Barako Bull on Friday, face the Coffee Mixers at 5:15 p.m. while Globalport, with a 4-5 win-loss slate, takes on Barako Bull at 3 p.m.
Coach Yeng Guiao of Rain or Shine is expected to lean again on 6’2 forward Jeff Chan, who fired 34 points, including the game winning triple in the last 8.2 seconds to power the squad’s win over the Energy Cola the other day.
Guiao expressed confidence that they can withstand the onslaught of the Coffee Mixers despite the absence of Beau Belga, who’s afflicted with measles. Rain or Shine posted a slim 86-83 triumph over San Mig Coffee in their first meeting on December 6.
In Belga’s absence the Elasto Painters will rely on 6’5 Jay-Arr Quinahan and 6’7 rookie center Raymond Almazan, which will be facing a fellow rookie 6’7 center Ian Sangalang of the Coffee Mixers. This will be the second time the two former National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) MVP’s will be facing each other in the professional league.
Sangalang, a former San Sebastian Staglets and an NCAA MVP in 2012, outclassed the 2013 NCAA MVP Almazan in their first encounter, finishing with eight points, 11 rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes of action. The former Letran Knights Almazan that played only for 17 minutes posted two points, five rebounds and a lone steal.
San Mig Coffee, on the other hand is aiming to bounce back from its 75-88 setback against the Alaska Aces also on Friday.