MANILA, Philippines – Powerade and Barangay Ginebra will be shooting for PBA Governors Cup semifinals berths when they face separate foes at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday.
Ginebra will go up against Alaska in the curtain raiser, while Powerade will go toe-to-toe against the desperate Air21 in the main game.
Gin Kings coach Siot Tanquingcen is wary that the Aces, who were already eliminated from the race, might take on the spoiler’s role.
"We can't take Alaska for granted," said Tanquingcen in PBA.ph.
"In spite of the circumstances, they have a proud tradition," he added. "So we need to come in, play hard, stay focused and earn it (win)."
Alaska coach Luigi Trillo said his team wants to end the season with a bang.
He said there is nothing more gratifying than beating a legendary squad like Ginebra.
"Our record does not reflect our progress," noted Trillo. "In the past three games we have played better. We are slowly playing to our identity. We are just not making shots we normally make."
The two teams will battle it out starting 5:15 p.m.
Powerade, meanwhile, seeks to extend its winning run to 5 games with the help of their import Omar Sneed.
Coach Bo Perasol they will try to keep their focus on the game instead of thinking about the semifinals.
“We cannot burden ourselves with anything that will hinder us from playing hard for the whole 48 minutes,” he said.
Parasol, however, knows the dangers of facing a desperate team like Air21.
The Express is reeling from 4 straight losses despite a productive performance from Zach Graham.
Air21 needs to win its last three games for a playoff shot at a semis seat.
The Tigers versus Express game begins at 7:30 p.m.