BARANGAY Ginebra seeks to build a momentum as it takes on Star as the teams renew their rivalry on Sunday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Coming off their first win of the conference, a huge victory against GlobalPort after a loss to Phoenix last week, the Gin Kings try to start a winning streak as they face a Hotshots side that already has four games under its belt and has won them all.
“Star is on a roll and playing at a very high level,” Gin Kings coach Tim Cone said. “It will be on us to figure out a way to halt their momentum. Hopefully, by this time, we’re starting to get our rhythm.”
“They've looked really sharp ever since Chito (Victolero) took over, so you know, we have our work cut out for us, obviously,” he added.
Except for winning by just two points over NLEX, the Hotshots have dominated their opponents, winning their other three games by an average of 19.7 points, the latest a 97-83 beating of Mahindra.
The Gin Kings, on the other hand, shook off a sluggish start before blowing past the Batang Pier late for a 113-96 victory on Wednesday.
Fresh off blowout victories, the Hotshots and Gin Kings are expected to engage each other in a nip-and-tuck battle that tips off at 6:45 p.m.
“As I tell our players, if you can’t get up for the Manila Clasico, then you need to choose a different profession,” Cone said on the eve of the anticipated matchup.
Cone has banked on Justin Brownlee to play above his height and lead the Gin Kings, while Tony Mitchell has blended well his the Hotshots locals.
Another streaking team, TNT KaTropa (3-1) looks for a fourth straight win as it takes on Mahindra (1-4) in the curtain-raiser at 4:30 p.m.