October 25, 2018
Stanley Pringle
Stanley Pringle pf NorthPort battles two SMB defenders.

Games today:

(Ynares Center Antipolo)

4:30 p.m. -- NLEX vs. Alaska

7 p.m. -- Magnolia vs. Talk N Text

MAGNOLIA and Alaska Milk, two of three teams in the  lead with 7-2  win-loss records, have two chances to clinch  quarterfinal bonus in the PBA Governors’ Cup..

But Magnolia coach Chito Victolero and  Alaska mentor Alex  Compton both  want to get the  job done as early as tonight when they take on separate opponents fighting for dear life at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

The Hotshots take on Talk N Text in the main game at 7 p.m. while  the  Aces  play NLEX in the curtainraiser  at 4:30 p.m.

Victories by  both Magnolia and Alaska will  enable them to clinch  a Top Four finish and a quarterfinal  bonus.

But both Victolero and Compton  know  they are facing a daunting task against two teams -- Talk N Text and NLEX --  which badly need a win to keep their own playoff hopes alive.

“Our fate is in our hands right now,” said Victolero, whose Hotshots are looking to rebound from an  88-94 setback  to Meralco last Oct. 19 and clinch win No. 8 in the  season-ending tournament.

If Magnolia fails to do it tonight, they will have to try again, but this time against defending  champion Barangay Ginebra on Sunday.

“We just have to go for it tonight (against Talk N Text),” added Victolero.

The Tropang Texters, who are  gunning for  their fifth win in 10 matches, are  also badly needing this win in their bid to make the  playoff round.

Like the Hotshots, the Texters are also coming into the game still  smarting from a 96-107 defeat at the hands of the San Miguel Beer in Calasiao, Pangasinan.

At 4-5, the Texters  are locked in a tight battle for the last three quarterfinals berths against the San Miguel  (5-4), NLEX (4-5) and Meralco (4-6).

Like Magnolia, Alaska can secure a top four finish with a victory over  back-to-the wall  NLEX.

“This is a huge game for us because if we win we  are guaranteed the twice-to-beat advantage,” said Compton.