Barangay Ginebra has a good chance of getting close to beating the remaining two times, with another busy weekend roster featuring three other teams trying to reach the quarterfinals of the PBA Stewards’ Cup.
Ginebra plays tough NLEX on Friday before they both take their streak two days later at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City, hoping to get on the verge of crucial quarterfinal encouragement.
Coach Tim Cone’s squad has a 7-2 record and is currently the hottest team in the league with five wins in a row. Visiting team Bay Area have already locked their first two-time beat bonus after finishing the qualifiers 10-2.
Talking about the Converge and Bonifacio Day relationship next week, Cone said, “We hope to gain momentum in these last three games.” “We have a tough road ahead of us, but we are still in control of our destiny.”
Magnolia with an 8-2 card and Converge with an 8-3 record are also looking for a top two spot as the Hotshots face Meralco on Sunday.
6-5 in fifth after three consecutive wins, including a 112-97 decision that ended Converge’s streak of seven consecutive wins, NorthPort are hoping to upset Ginebra and formalize their place in the quarters.
But NorthPort, along with San Miguel Beer (5-5) and Phoenix (5-6), could finish the week in the quarterfinals, combining wins with a Rain or Shine loss.
The Painters, who finished ninth at 4-6, are battling Blackwater, who faded in Friday’s opening game. They will try to get ahead of 4-5 Meralco Bolts, who are also on a three-win streak.
San Miguel plays a desperate TNT side at PhilSports on Saturday, the latter needing a win to keep their weak quarter bid alive or suffer an unusual early exit.
TNT have dropped their last three games, the most recent losing 140-108 to the Bay Area last Wednesday. At 4-7, coach Chot Reyes and Tropang Giga no longer have their destiny.
The timing seems right for the Beermen, who won back-to-back games and re-welcomed June Mar Fajardo after missing seven games due to throat surgery.
Terrence Romeo also has a chance to finally play for the first time since last season’s Governors Cup, after making his debut this season but choosing to outshine San Miguel’s 131-1103 at Terrafirma.
Phoenix tries to control a three-game slide as they complete their qualifiers against Terrafirma, who plays minus import Lester Prosper due to health and safety protocols in his latest setback.
Terrafirma (1-10) and Blackwater (3-8) are already out of the race, while NLEX (3-7) is desperate to score a point against Ginebra in hopes of making it to the quarterfinals.
But like Blackwater, NLEX is going through a tough time with five consecutive losses.
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