BARANGAY Ginebra braces for war against NLEX in Angeles, Pampanga in what coach Tim Cone considers as `Yeng Guiao’s backyard.’
The Kings try to enhance their final push for a twice-to-beat advantage in the PBA Philippine Cup Saturday as they take on the streaking Road Warriors at the Angeles University Foundation Sports Arena and Cultural Center.
Game time of the Petron Blaze Saturday Special is at 5 p.m.
While the Road Warriors stand below .500 (4-5), the team remains very much in the hunt for a playoff berth, making them even more dangerous while playing in the turf of their beloved coach, a well-known son of Pampanga who is running for Congressman in the first district of the province,
Certainly, Cone is wary of that, especially with NLEX coming off back-to-back blowout wins over Blackwater and Alaska.
“NLEX is a team on a roll, coming off two blowout wins. So we know we have our work cut out for us and will have to respond in kind,” he said,
“There’s never anything easy playing against Yeng Guiao’s team. You get what you earn.”
But the Kings themselves have their own mission to accomplish.
At 5-3, they remain very much alive in the tight race for the No. 2 spot at the end of the eliminations.
The league’s crowd favorite is hoping to sweep their remaining last three games to have a shot at the twice-to-beat advantage.
Also still in the running for the same incentive are Rain or Shine (8-3) and TnT Katropa (7-3).
A three-way tie among them would have the Kings earning the right via a higher quotient, although a two-way tie with the Elasto Painters would knock them out as Rain or Shine beat them, 83-80, in Calasiao, Pangasinan last Jan. 26.