MAGNOLIA and Barangay Ginebra clash on Sunday in the battle of leaders in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Hotshots and the Kings face off at 6:45 p.m.
Magnolia is on top of the standings with an 8-2 card, while Barangay Ginebra is right behind in second place with a 7-2 slate.
The Hotshots have clinched a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals after beating TNT, 116-103, on Friday but head coach Chito Victolero said the team will definitely go for the No. 1 spot.
“’Yun naman yung goal eh. As long as my chance kami, we will go for it. May chance naman kami. Kailangan lang namin siguro paghandaan. Medyo mahirap lang ngayon kasi one-game preparation lang kami against Ginebra,” said Victolero.
Ginebra, meanwhile, has not played since October 12 when the Kings lost to Rain or Shine, 104-97, in Lucena City.
Victolero said the Kings are a formidable opponent even with the layoff.
“Advantage siguro, baka kalawangin sila. But disadvantage, nakabalik na ‘yung mga players nila coming from injury. We know coach Tim, hindi niya naman pababayaan na medyo mawala sila sa timing,” said Victolero.
Ginebra expects some boost with Greg Slaughter and Sol Mercado expected to suit up.
Alaska looks to end the eliminations on a winning note when it faces NorthPort at 4:30 p.m.
The Aces lost to NLEX, 116-110, on Friday to slide to 7-3, joining Phoenix and Blackwater in third place in the standings.
The Batang Pier are out to also finish the season strong and improve on their 2-8 slate.