Barangay Ginebra San Miguel looks to grab a share of the No.2 spot as they renew their Manila Clasico rivalry against the slumping Star Hotshots in PBA Governors’ Cup action Sunday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Crowd darlings Ginebra and Star clash at 6:45 p.m. after the curtain-raiser between the Alaska Aces and the Blackwater Elite at 4:30 p.m. Both games will be aired live on TV5.
The bitter rivals are set to meet for the fourth time this season, with the Gin Kings prevailing the last two, the latest of which was a 92-87 win last February 28.
Taking this edition of their epic showdown would mean a lot for either team: a victory would hand Ginebra (5-2) a share of the second spot with Mahindra, while a triumph would put an end to the five-game losing skid of the No.11 seed Star (1-5)....
The Alaska Aces led by as many as 20 points before staving off a late charge by the Star Hotshots to notch an 85-69 win in an out-of-town Oppo PBA Governors’ Cup clash on Saturday in Panabo City, Davao del Norte.
Star came back to as close as three points in the fourth quarter but Alaska closed the game out on a 10-1 run to seal the win.
Import LaDontae Henton led the way with 27 points, nine rebounds and four blocks while Calvin Abueva had a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards....
The two struggling teams collide at 5 p.m. live on TV5.
Alaska (1-4) and Star (1-4) are both raring to get out of a losing skid that have put them near the bottom of the standings....
IN A CONFERENCE dominated by imports, and in a season where big local men spell pretty much the difference for the PBA teams, two point guards have so far stood out for their respective sides in a statistical department where height is considered might.
Rookie Scottie Thompson of Barangay Ginebra and the 5-foot-7 LA Revilla of Mahindra are in the top 10 of the rebounding department among locals, joining giants like reigning two-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo and Asi Taulava and the workhorse Calvin Abueva.
They have so far outworked several prominent big men in that department, big men like Thompson’s teammate Japeth Aguilar, Rain or Shine’s 6-8 Raymond Almazan, the veteran Alaska Ace Sonny Thoss and highly touted top overall Draft pick Moala Tautuaa of TNT KaTropa....
The point guard's performance, however, seemed to be spoiled by what some fans consider a bad decision in the endgame when Star was down by 86-83 with 16 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
As import Joel Wright secured the rebound off a Jonas Villanueva miss from the line, Barroca started the break and opted for a quick attack instead of calling a time out to set their offense....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||1||5||0.167|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||6||7||0.462||8th|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||4||8||0.333||9th|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||8||8||0.500||4th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||11||6||0.647||3rd|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||6||6||0.500||7th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600||Champions|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||12||9||0.571||Champions|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||17||13||0.567||Champions|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||14||8||0.636||Champions|