Kings seek 6th victory in 39th Cup

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Games Wednesday
(Mall of Asia Arena)
5:45 p.m. - Air 21 vs. Ginebra
8:00 p.m. - Alaska vs. Meralco

THE Barangay Ginebra Kings seek their sixth win when they face Air 21 Express, while Meralco battles Alaska today in the 39th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup elimination round at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The Kings are currently occupying the second spot with a 5-1 win-loss slate and a win over the Express at 5:45 p.m. will move them closer to solo leader Petron Blaze, the only unbeaten team with a 7-0 card.

Ginebra’s lone loss was in the hands of Meralco, 87-100, on Dec. 3.

Meralco will be trying to improve its 3-4 record as it takes on Alaska Aces at 8 p.m. The Aces are carrying a 2-5 card midway in the elimination round.

Meanwhile, despite coming from injury Alex Cabagnot starred in Petron Blaze’s 90-88 win over Air 21 Express to gain the Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week honor for Dec. 9-15.

The veteran six-foot player Cabagnot fired 10 points, including the winning jumper to preserve the Blaze Boosters unbeaten streak in the on-going Philippine Cup.

Three days later, he also finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists to key Petron’s 77-73 win over Meralco last Saturday in Dipolog City. With the twin victories, coach Gee Abanilla’s squad led the 10-field team with 7-0 card.

He bested equally tough competitors led by teammate center June Mar Fajardo, Barangay Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar, Mac Baracael and Greg Slaughter as well as Globalport’s Solomon Mercado for the weekly citation.

“Alex really gave us a different dimension in our game ever since he came back, noting that he’s been working really hard on his pick and roll game,” said Petron coach Gee Abanilla, on his prized point guard.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 18, 2013.


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