GLOBALPORT looks to sustain its strong start and move closer to clinching a playoff berth when it battles Barangay Ginebra on Wednesday in the PBA Governors Cup on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Batang Pier are brimming with confidence following their 123-120 win over powerhouse Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters last week to improve to 4-2.
With the top four teams enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage heading into the playoffs, coach Pido Jarencio said the goal is to grab one of the post-elimination round incentives.
“Of course, lahat naman top four ang target. Mahirap kalaban ang team na may twice-to-beat advantage,” said Jarencio.
The Batang Pier and Kings square off at 7 p.m.
The Kings are in a three-way tie for eighth with Star and NLEX at 2-4 and are expected to have their hands full against the Batang Pier.
Six-foot-eleven import Jarrid Famous has been a tower of strength for GlobalPort in his first two games this conference since replacing Steve Thomas, averaging 26.0 points, 17.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks.
Famous also has veteran big men Doug Kramer, Mark Isip and Billy Mamaril to back him up, while the backcourt is as deep, too, with Terrence Romeo, rookie Stanley Pringle and Palestinian import Omar Krayem providing the offense.
Ginebra lost to streaking San Miguel Beer on Sunday, 100-85, and coach Frankie Lim said the last five games are “must-win” as they try to stay in the top eight heading into the playoffs.
“We’re in a must-win situation and for us, we have to stop people,” said Lim.
“We have to stop the import. We have to stop Pringle. We have to stop Romeo and even (Ronjay) Buenafe because he scores, too.”
Although GlobalPort has an improved roster in the season-ending conference, Lim is confident they have the manpower to match up with the Batang Pier, a team that has won no more than five games since joining the league at the start of the 2013 season.
Big man Greg Slaughter hopes to improve on his six-point, six-rebound effort in his return on Sunday since missing the first five games due to a right ankle injury.
Focus will also be on American import Orlando Johnson after being given the green light to play, while Korean gunner Jiwan Kim will be making his much-awaited debut after replacing Mongolian Sanchir Tungalag.