IT’S been 10 days since San Miguel Beer and NorthPort figured in a one-on-one deal involving key players in a blockbuster trade in the PBA.
The Beermen traded Christian Standhardinger to NorthPort and got Mo Tautuaa in return in the biggest trade yet this season..
Now, the two teams collide in what could be an emotion-filled game serving as main offering in the PBA Governors’ Cup double-header at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Standhardinger tallied just two points and two rebounds inside 16 minutes in his last game with SMB which lost to Barangay Ginebra, 124-129, last Oct. 13, while Tautuaa had his last game with NorthPort last Oct. 12 against Phoenix, which the Batang Pier won, 80-70.
Tautuaa had 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists then for NorthPort.
Anyway you look at, the Beermen’s meeting with the Batang Pier is going to be a lot emotional more than exciting.
The game is set at 7 p.m., with the Beermen gunning for their sixth victory in seven outings that will enable them to inch closer to tournament leader Talk ‘N Text, which is unbeaten in seven games.
The Beermen though had recovered from that debacle last October 20, turning back an Columbian Dyip, 113-107, in a game where Tautuaa scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds.
NorthPort likewise is coming off a big win last Oct. 12, beating Phoenix, 80-70, before figuring in a trade and getting Standhardinger two days later.
The Batang Pier though are still left stranded near the cellar at 2-4, and need every win they could to stay in the running for playoff berth in the season-ending conference.
NorthPort will likewise parade a new import in Michael Qualls who had replaced Mychal Ammons.
Qualls played college basketball for the Arkansas Razorbacks and was most notably remembered for his go-ahead slam dunk with 0.2 seconds left in overtime against Kentucky in 2014.
It will thus be an exciting match-up to look forward to, with Standhardinger playing in tandem with Qualls as the Fil-German cager goes up against his former team backstopped by June Mar Fajardo and Dezz Wells.
Blackwater and Rain or Shine meet in the first tussle at 4:30 p.m. in a game between two struggling teams. The Elite, currently at eighth spot, are looking to bounce back from yet another loss with coach Aris Dimaunahan hoping his team would start notching those needed wins on a more regular basis.
“Kailangan makabawi bukas. Di p’wedeng back-to-back losses,” said Dimaunahan, whose team dropped a 97-106 decision to Meralco last Friday.
Rain or Shine is in more dire straits, having lost its last four games and found itself on the 11th place with 1-5 slate.
The E-Painters have lost four straight, the last a 71-78 decision to previously winless Alaska last Oct. 13. The former must now do a five-game sweep just to gain passage into the next round.