Barangay Ginebra digs in for the most crucial stage of the 2012 PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations when it takes on sister team Petron Blaze on Sunday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“It’s the halfway mark of the season,” Kings coach Siot Tanquingcen said after Saturday morning practice at the Xavier School gym. “This is the time to start making a run for the playoffs.”
Both squads are looking to bounce back after the Gin Kings lost to Rain or Shine, 93-90, last Wednesday and the Boosters succumbed to Barako Bull, 111-107, last Friday.
The importance of the game is not lost on the Kings’ import.
“It’s a big game,” Cedric Bozeman said. “Both teams are coming off losses so both teams are going to be scrapping for wins. We just gotta come in focused and we’ll be ready to play.”
Fans are looking forward to his import matchup with Eddie Basden.
“I’m not looking at it as an individual matchup,” Bozeman said. “It’s more of a team thing for me.”
Bozeman had a decent game against the Painters, registering 22 points and 13 rebounds. However, he will have to produce more and get ample offensive support from locals Mark Caguioa, Mike Cortez, Allein Maliksi, Dylan Ababou, and Kerby Raymundo for the Kings to get back to winning ways.
But more than their offense, Tanquingcen hopes his boys would step up their play on the other end of the court.
“We always come in looking to set up our defense first. I always believe our offense will eventually take care of itself. I’m not saying we don’t work on it, but our defense is more crucial,” he said.
“We can’t just keep outshooting teams.”
They should work extra hard on defense as Petron has averaged 107 points in its last two games.
Alaska and Meralco face off in the curtain-raiser at 4:15, with both teams seeking to improve their 1-3 slates.
The Aces, who are on a three-game skid, will be bannered by import Jason Forte and the dynamic duo of LA Tenorio and Cyrus Baguio.
The Bolts have lost two straight.