RAMPAGING Barangay Ginebra seeks to stretch its winning streak to seven and fortify its hold of the top spot when it clashes with slumping San Mig Super Coffee in the main game of the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Game time is set at 5:15 p.m. pitting two of the league’s most popular teams.
But of the two, the Kings are the ones red-hot as of late by winning their last six games to close out the year 2013.
Ginebra capped its winning streak with an improbable 83-82 payback win against first round tormentor Meralco behind Japeth Aguilar’s buzzer-beating three-point shot.
Top rookie pick Greg Slaughter said the Kings are determined to finish their last four assignments in the eliminations with aplomb heading into the playoffs.
“We just have to use the game (against Meralco) as a motivation as we head to the final stretch. We just have to finish strong as we head to the playoffs,” Slaughter said.
The 6-foot-11 center is averaging 15.4 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks as he plays beautiful music along frontline partner Japeth Aguilar, who leads the team with 19.8 points, to go along with 9.5 rebounds, and a league-best 3.8 blocks per contest.
Ginebra smothered San Mig, 86-69 during the season’s kick-off game, with Slaughter debuting for 10 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocks.
Meantime, San Mig star James Yap recognizes the team’s back is against the wall after the Mixers suffered an embarrassing 77-101 blowout loss to Rain or Shine before 2013 ended.
The game also saw coach Tim Cone gave his team the silent treatment in the second half in disgust, as assistant Jeff Cariaso called the shots for the Mixers the rest of the match.
“Lahat kami kailangang mag-step up. Kasi ang Ginebra, sobrang lakas ngayon. Iba talaga ang Ginebra ngayon,” Yap said after the team’s practice on Saturday.
The two-time MVP, who finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the team’s 24-point loss to Rain or Shine, is hopeful that Sunday’s second meeting with Ginebra would yield a different result for his team.
“Lahat kami naka-focus ngayon sa practice. Though parang different story na ngayon against Ginebra. Siyempre, nakarami na rin kami ng nilaro ngayon,” he said.