TWO teams that thrive in similarly deliberate systems, yet under completely different dynamics face off as Barangay Ginebra and TNT KaTropa stake their winning streaks on Sunday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Texters, employing a variation of the Dribble-Drive motion offense, seek a sixth straight victory as they take on a Gin Kings side that turns to a hybrid Triangle offense, and eager to stretch its win run to four games in the marquee matchup at 6:45 p.m.
“It’s always a tough matchup for us against TNT because they are polar opposites to us in terms of style of play,” Gin Kings coach Tim Cone said. “So it really comes down to who can play their game and that’s tough because it is very hard to disrupt what TNT does.”
“But we’ll try to stay disciplined in what we do and see how it goes,” the champion coach added as he tests the mettle of rookie counterpart Nash Racela.
A win will give the Texters a share of second spot with sister squad Meralco (6-1), while the Gin Kings will jump from sixth to third spot if they get their fourth win in five games.
The Texters beat the Gin Kings by five points last time they met in the eliminations of the Philippine Cup.
The Texters are anchored by Donte Greene, who played his best game last Friday since replacing fellow NBA veteran Lou Amundson as he registered 33 points and 10 boards in leading the team to a 109-88 blowout victory over GlobalPort.
TNT is playing its second game in three days after coming off an 11-day break, while the Gin Kings are also playing their second game this week after last Wednesday when they frustrated NLEX, 101-92 where do-it-all Justin Brownlee registered 18 points, 13 boards, five assists, and three steals.
GlobalPort (1-5) and Mahindra (1-6) aim to get back on the winning track as they face off earlier at 4:30 p.m.