NORTHPORT looks to complete the upset as it takes on NLEX on Wednesday night in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The eighth-seed Batang Pier are going for the upset over the top-seed Road Warriors in the lone game of the day at 7 p.m. Only three teams in Barangay Ginebra in the 1999 All-Filipino Cup, San Miguel in the 2002 Governors’ Cup, and Powerade in the 2012 Philippine Cup have moved to the semifinals by beating the top-seed team.
The Batang Pier beat the Road Warriors, 115-90, to set up the Wednesday showdown, the winner of which will face Barangay Ginebra in the best-of-five semifinals.
NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio said the job isn’t done for the Batang Pier.
“Wala pa. Hindi pa tapos. First half pa lang. ‘Yung second half, sa Wednesday. Basta ang goal ng team is to be in the semis. After the semis, tignan natin kung pano tayo. At least even na,” said Jarencio.
“I’m so happy na we came out aggressive, full force talaga, pati second group namin. Kaya more on balanced attack tayo,” he added.
NLEX coach Yeng Guiao, meanwhile, has expressed concerns over the play of the Road Warriors, having lost three in a row including two in the elimination round.
The Road Warriors will also look to clinch a semifinal berth without Poy Erram and Paul Varilla, who were suspended by the league for a hit against NorthPort import Michael Qualls late in Monday’s game.
“We have a big problem actually in terms of resolving our intensity, our aggressiveness, keeping up with them in that aspect,” said Guiao.