Ginebra, San Miguel look to firm up place atop standings as PBA resumes play


Posted at May 19 2017 05:16 AM

The Gin Kings will be coming off an 11-day break. PBA Images

MANILA – Barangay Ginebra hopes to pick up where it left off, as the PBA Commissioner's Cup resumes action on Friday after a prolonged break.

Ginebra and 3 other teams get to blow the cobwebs away after the league hit the pause button for about a week to give way to the Southeast Asian Basketball Championship. 

Coach Tim Cone and co. battle Rain Or Shine at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City at 7 p.m., right after the curtain-raiser between San Miguel and NLEX at 4:15 p.m.

PBA Commissioner's Cup
Standings (through May 10)
Team Won Lost Next game
San Miguel 5 1 NLEX (May 19, Fri)
Ginebra 5 1 Ros (May 19, Fri)
Meralco 7 2 Star (May 24, Wed)
Star 7 2 Mer (May 24, Wed)
TNT 6 3 Ala (May 20, Sat)
Alaska 4 3 TNT (May 20, Sat)
Rain Or Shine 4 4 Gin (May 19, Fri)
Phoenix 4 5 Mah (May 21, Sun)
GlobalPort 3 6 Ros (May 26, Fri)
Blackwater 2 7 Gin (May 26, Fri)
Mahindra 2 7 Phx (May 21, Sun)
NLEX 0 8 SMB (May 19, Fri)
In bold -- teams with games May 19

“It’s been a terrifically long break so we’re apprehensive as to how sharp we’ll be,” Cone said in the PBA website, referring to his team's 11-day break. 

Ginebra (5-1), which shares the top spot with San Miguel, is hoping to extend its winning streak to 6 games as it chases a spot in the top 2 and a twice-to-beat incentive in the playoffs. 

Cone will likely be undermanned though, as Japeth Aguilar is coming off a stint with Gilas Pilipinas.

“We’re uncertain of Japeth Aguilar’s availability because he has had no practice with us this week and hence no preparation for what we’re to do against Rain or Shine,” he Cone. “But no doubt, our guys are raring to get back at it.”

Rain Or Shine, hoping to end a 2-game skid, is bringing a new foreign reinforcement in Duke Crews, a former University of Tennessee player, although the Elasto Painters will possibly miss the services of Raymond Almazan, who was also part of Gilas.

In the first game, San Miguel head coach Leo Austria said he expects June Mar Fajardo, another Gilas player, to suit up.

"Kailangan namin talaga si June Mar dahil sa kanya nag-uumpisa plays namin and his defense is vital," he said. "Besides, hindi naman siya masyadong babad sa Gilas dahil nabibigyan siya ng ample rest."

The Beermen face a retooled NLEX team that has been eliminated from the tournament.

This gives NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao an opportunity, though, to experiment with a roster that he shook up just before the league went on a break.

The Road Warriors new acquisitions include Alex Mallari and former Guiao players JR Quiñahan and Larry Fonacier.

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