PBA: TNT not taking struggling GlobalPort for granted


Posted at Apr 21 2017 04:36 AM

Jayson Castro is again expected to lead TNT against GlobalPort on Friday. PBA Images

MANILA — GlobalPort may be near the bottom of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup standings, but TNT coach Nash Racela maintains the Batang Pier remain a threat.

Racela, whose 3rd-ranked KaTropa team will battle the lowly Batang Pier on Friday at Araneta Coliseum, said there is no easy game for them as the eliminations near its halfway mark.

“It’s good to be where we are right now but the tough challenges are ahead of us,” Racela said in the PBA website.

The TNT-GlobalPort game is at 7 p.m., after the 4:15 p.m. faceoff between Alaska and Phoenix.

PBA Commissioner's Cup
Team Won Lost Pct Next game
San Miguel 3 0 1.00 RoS (April 22, Sat)
Meralco 6 1 0.86 Phx (April 23, Sun)
Alaska 4 1 0.80 Phx (April 21, Fri)
TNT 4 1 0.80 Gpt (April 21, Fri)
Barangay Ginebra 3 1 0.75 Ala (May 7, Sun)
Star 4 2 0.67 Bkw (April 22, Sat)
Rain Or Shine 4 2 0.67 SMB (April 22, Sat)
Phoenix 2 4 0.33 Ala (April 21, Fri)
GlobalPort 1 4 0.20 TNT (April 21, Fri)
Mahindra 1 5 0.17 Mah (April 23, Sun)
Blackwater 1 5 0.17 Star (April 22, Sat)
NLEX 0 7 0.00 Bkw (April 23, Sun)
~ Standings after April 19 games

TNT, which currently sports a 4-1 record, will still have to face Barangay Ginebra, San Miguel Beer, Star, Alaska and Rain or Shine. 

But before that, TNT will need to square off against GlobalPort, which is gunning for a second straight win following a breakthrough victory over NLEX. 

The Batang Pier’s morale is sky high after pulling off a scintillating win over NLEX despite missing head coach Franz Pumaren and suffering the early exit of high-scoring guard Terrence Romeo.

In the 1st game, Alaska will be coming in motivated against Phoenix after suffering a 99-91 loss to Meralco.

Phoenix, on the other hand, looks to end a 2-game skid.

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