RENALDO Balkman and Justin Brownlee battle in a much-anticipated match-up in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
But more than the head-to-head battle, focus will be on the struggling teams' fight to clilmb the standings as San Miguel goes up against Barangay Ginebra at 6:45 p.m.
San Miguel and Ginebra are at the bottom of the team standings with the Beermen at 10th with a 1-3 win-loss record, and the Kings running 11th at 1-4.
With their teams struggling, Balkman and Brownlee said it will be all business when they clash on Sunday night.
“We both need wins and we’re just going to come out and play basketball like we know how to play it,” said Balkman.
“It’s going to be awkward at first,” said Brownlee. “I’ve got to treat him as an opponent. We got a handful with him. He is an incredible player. He can definitely score the basketball. He’s a defender who can get his hands on the ball. He was the Defensive Player of the Year in the ABL so we definitely got our hands full.”
San Miguel is coming off its first win of the conference with the reigning champions beating Phoenix, 106-94.
“That’s a very important game for us. We want to move on. We are in a situation na hindi namin kailangan magkamali,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria.
The Kings are coming off a 93-82 loss to Meralco on Friday in Brownlee’s first game back for his team.
In the first game, TNT takes on NLEX in another battle between sister teams at 4:30 p.m.
The KaTropa (5-1) look to regain a share of the lead following Saturday’s overtime win by Rain or Shine over Magnolia. The Elastopainters hold a 6-1 mark to occupy the top spot in the standings.
NLEX on Friday played without Kiefer Ravena for the first time since being penalized by Fiba for ingesting substances banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency during the Fiba Basketball World Cup Asia qualifiers last February.
The Road Warriors beat winless Blackwater, 93-89, but face a greater test on Sunday against the KaTropa.