The San Miguel Beermen eyes a second straight win for an early share of the lead in their match against defending champion Purefoods Star Hotshots in PBA Philippine Cup action Sunday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Beermen and the Hotshots tangle at 5:15 p.m. after the curtain-raiser between the Barako Bull Energy Cola and the GlobalPort Batang Pier at 3 p.m. Both games will be aired live on TV5.
San Miguel Beer opened its season with an 87-79 triumph over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters last Tuesday in a game which new coach Leo Austria hopes would be a good start for the team that, despite its star-studded lineup, has failed to meet expectations.
GlobalPort and Barako Bull seek to grab their first wins of the season.
The Batang Pier built a huge lead all throughout only to crumble in the end and yield a 101-96 result to the NLEX Road Warriors last Wednesday.
The Energy Cola also dropped a tight 112-108 overtime game to the Meralco Bolts last Wednesday.
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel once again flashed the same fine form they showed in their opener as they put together a dominant performance against expansion team Kia, 87-55, in an out-of-town PBA Philippine Cup clash on Saturday at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena, Quezon Province.
Ginebra made it back-to-back blowouts to start the season after a 101-81 rout of title contender Talk ‘N Text on opening day.
Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar each scored 16 points to lead Ginebra in the romp.
Purefoods Star Hotshots promising big man Ian Sangalang, a key figure in the team’s Grand Slam campaign last season, will be out for six to eight months after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee.
Head coach Tim Cone confirmed the development in a text message to InterAksyon.com.
“Ian will be out for six to eight months as it looks like he tore his ACL,” wrote Cone in a text message.
Rain or Shine center Raymond Almazan has worked hard to get back into playing shape after suffering an illness a few months before the start of the season and it’s beginning to pay off for the lanky, 6-foot-8 sophomore.
Almazan was diagnosed with hepatitis during the offseason and it took a big toll on his body, with his weight dropping from his usual 200 lbs to just 180.
But he’s back on top of his game now, as he showed in his team’s win over the Blackwater Elite on Friday, scoring 17 points, grabbing eight rebounds and providing his usual defensive presence in the paint.
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and Kia Sorento look to build momentum from their opening day wins as the PBA Philippine Cup action shifts to Quezon Convention Center in Lucena, Quezon on Saturday for the league’s first provincial game of the young season.
The Gin Kings and the Sorento face off at 5 p.m. live on TV5.
Ginebra and Kia opened the new season with victories at the Philippine Arena last Sunday. The Gin Kings pummeled the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters, 101-81, while player-coach Manny Pacquiao’s Sorento carved out an 80-66 triumph over fellow expansion squad Blackwater Elite.
Rain or Shine suffered through a very tough shooting night on Friday against Blackwater and Elasto Painters coach Yeng Guiao said his team was “lucky” to come out of the game with a victory.
Guiao’s squad shot a horrendous 0-for-25 from beyond the arc and had to dig themselves out of a 15-point deficit before clinching the win over the expansion team.
“We have to give credit to their defense. At the same time, I don’t think we’re that bad a shooting team from the three-point area. We have nights like this. On bad nights like this, you just have to find ways to win,” the coach said in a postgame interview.