Gin Kings battle Globalport-A A +A
Thursday, December 12, 2013
MANILA—Barangay Ginebra aims to cement its hold of second when it faces Barako Bulll while Alaska Aces and Globalport face each other in the 39th PBA Philippine Cup elimination round at the Araneta Colisuem.
The Ginebra Kings currently have a 4-1 win-loss slate behind unbeaten and solo leader Petron Blaze (6-0). Coach Ato Agustin’s wards are seeking an important win over the Energy Cola today to avoid sharing the second spot with Rain or Shine, which is toting a 4-2 card.
A loss by the Kings to the Energy Cola in their 8 p.m. encounter will forge a two-way at the second spot. In the other match, Globalport Batang Pier will be aiming for their third win as they meet Alaska at 5:45 p.m.
After a devastating 100-87 loss to Meralco on Dec. 3, Ginebra bounced back with a pulsating 97-95 triumph over defending champion Talk ‘N Text last Dec. 8, thanks to Japeth Aguilar’s triple with only 1.1 seconds remaining.
The 6’9” Aguilar in the return play foiled Ranidel de Ocampo’s last ditch effort to save the day for the Kings. He went on to finish with 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven block shots to hand the Tropang Texters their second loss in five matches.
Barako Bull, on other hand, is in a three-game losing slump after a 2-0 start. Its recent setback was at the hands of sister team Air 21, 77-92.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 13, 2013.