4:30 p.m. -- Alaska vs. Columbian
7 p.m.-- Rain or Shine vs. NorthPort
NORTHPort and Rain or Shine, two teams still trying to gain momentum with the elimination round hitting the homestretch, clash in an all-important encounter in the PBA Governors Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Game time is 7 p.m. with the Batang Pier looking to make it three wins in a row and the E-Painters hoping for a second straight win that will keep their flickering hopes alive for an elusive seat in the playoffs.
“Basta kami gagawin lang namin ang pwede namin gawin para makahabol. One game at a time. Kung hindi makaabot, ganon talaga,” said NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio.
But with the Batang Pier’s two-game winning streak and Stanley Pringle and Sean Anthony back in top shape, Jarencio remains confident about their chances.
“Stanley and Sean are back, and we’re developing chemistry. We’re making up for our bad start. We’re sticking with positives, hoping we can still catch up,” said Jarencio.
Anthony finished with 26 points, including four three-pointers, while Pringle added 24, including six treys, in the Batang Pier’s 99-94 victory over Meralco.
The Batang Pier also won over Columbian, 118-101, to snap a six-game losing skid.
The E-Painters, on the other hand, ended a four-game losing skid with a 104-97 upset win over defending champion Barangay Ginebra Kings in an an out-of-town game in Lucena City.
The E-Painters rode on a torrid shooting to pull the rug from under the Gin Kings for their first win of the season-ending tournament.
But the continued absence of Raymond Almazan could be crucial in the E-Painters’ bid in the long run.
Almazan missed the E-Painters’ last three games where they went 1-2.
His agent, Danny Espiritu, said Almazan is set to meet with RoS management reportedly to discuss his rift with coach Caloy Garcia.
In the 4:30 p.m. first game, Alaska Milk guns for its sixth win in eight matches when it meets winless Columbian Dyip.
Alaska coach Alex Compton urged his players to keep their focus as he claimed Columbian remains a dangerous team even with an 0-8 record.