SECOND-running San Miguel Beer looks to secure its position in the playoffs as it takes on Air21 side in the lone match of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
With Talk ’N Text nailing the top spot with a sweep of the eliminations, SMB looks to formally grab the No. 2 seeding and a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals.
SMB and Air21 clash at 8 p.m.
The Beermen hold a 6-2 win loss record, and a seventh win will cement their place at No. 2, since third running Alaska has scored only five victories with one game left in the eliminations.
A loss for the Beermen, on the other hand, will give Alaska a chance to force a playoff.
The Aces face injury-depleted San Mig Coffee (4-4) on Sunday.
“Kung maganda ang maging laro bukas, siyempre, wala nang komplikasyon for us,” San Miguel coach Biboy Ravanes said after the team’s practice at the Reyes gym on Tuesday.
Ravanes, who is in his first tour of duty as PBA head coach, stressed that Air21 is no lightweight despite its 3-5 win-loss card
“Their three locals, Asi (Taulava), Joseph Yeo and Macmac (Cardona) are playing well, nasa top 10 sila sa scoring, tapos yung import nila (Wesley Witherspoon) is No. 2 in scoring among imports, so di basta-basta itong team na ito,” Ravanes said.
Meantime, Cardona said the Express, who have lost their last two games, will just have to keep a positive outlook as they go up against the powerhouse Beermen.
“Kailangan lang naming manalo para positive saka at least, maganda din yung pumasok ka na mataas confidence mo going to the playoffs,” Cardona said, before the team’s practice on Tuesday at the Gatorade Hoops Center.
Cardona said their inconsistency on offense is one of the reasons why the Express are on a tailspin as of late.
The Air21 gunner, nicknamed “Captain Hook” has seen his numbers slide from 22 points, to 15, to 10 and down just four in the team’s 87-82 loss to Rain or Shine on Monday.
The “Ninja” Joseph Yeo has also struggled offensively after seeing his points dip from 18 to just seven against the Elasto Painters, while shooting just 32.5 percent from the field.
“We just have to be prepared dahil maraming scoring threats ang San Miguel,” he added.