Games Today (Smart Araneta Coliseum)
5:15 p.m. Rain or Shine vs Alaska
7:30 p.m. Petron Blaze vs Talk ‘N Text
Manila, Philippines – Rain or Shine and Alaska Milk, two of the hottest teams in the PBA Philippine Cup, clash today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Aces shoot for a sixth straight win against the Elasto Painters who have won four of their last five matches.
Game time is at 5:15 p.m. preceding the 7:30 p.m. showdown between defending champion Talk `N Text and Petron Blaze.
The recent wins of the Aces and the Painters put them in a three-way tie for second spots with 5-2 cards behind the 6-1 record of TNT.
In the last victory against Meralco, the Painters made their move in the third quarter where they scored a conference-tying 39 points.
The 106-81 win was the Painters’ biggest winning margin since a 113-83 victory over Shopinas.com (now Air21) during the 2012 Commissioner’s Cup.
The win put Rain or Shine back on the winning track after an 80-77 setback against Talk ‘N Text last Oct. 27.
Alaska, on the other hand, escaped with a 94-92 win against TNT last Friday with JVee Casio delivering the biggest blow by scoring 10 of his 25 points in the final quarter.
Cyrus Baguio also came through with 16 points, while Alaska rookie Calvin Abueva added 14 markers, and Sonny Thoss had 13 points.
“Abueva became the catalyst of that team. Since his arrival, they have not lost a game. Certainly a main character with the success they’ve had,“ said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao. “But the real and biggest concerns are JVee and Cyrus.“
“Naka-dagdag lang si Calvin sa option, naka-tulong sa all-around game ng Alaska, but it’s all about stopping JVee and Cyrus, and not to mention Sonny Thoss, na ngayon pa lang talaga nakakaadjust sa situation,“ said Guiao.
According to Guiao, their focus is more on defense, hoping that they can display the same intensity the team had against Meralco, which allowed them to rip the game wide open and take advantage on their transition offense. “That’s our focus. If we can carry over the kind of energy we had against Meralco,“ said Guiao.
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