THE Magnolia Hotshots and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters are in for a dog-eat-dog battle 12:30 p.m. Friday, September 10, 2021, at the Don Honorio Ventura State University Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga as both squads shoot their way into the elims of the PBA Philippine Cup reboot.
The Hotshots will go all out to conquer the hoop for a seventh win in nine games, which would at least tie it for a quarterfinals spot and move it closer to finishing the eliminations among the top two that would be rewarded with a win-once advantage over a lower-ranked team in the next round. The Pambansang Manok card stands at 6-2 win-loss.
On the other side of the floor, Rain or Shine Elastopainters, wants to snap out of a two-game skid and stoke its own chances of making it past the elims and improved their 4-4 standing on the charts.
Rain or Shine Coach Chris Gavina, in statement on the PBA website, said the E-Painters know the importance of Friday's match to make it to the next round of playoffs.
"We understand the importance of this game in regards to our intention of bouncing back from consecutive losses and also making sure we allow ourselves to take another step closer to playoff contention," said Gavina.
In the tally sheets, the E-Painters allow only a tournament-low 75.9 ppg, which is around nine points less than what the Hotshots give up.
"We know it will be a dogfight against Magnolia because we are two defensive-minded teams which extremely take pride in being considered very good defensive teams," added Gavina.
But Magnolia ranks third overall in offense, scoring 91.8 points an outing to Rain or Shine's 74.1 ppg, which is a tournament worst.
The Hotshots, shaking off fatigue from a 112-105 double-overtime win over the NLEX Road Warriors last week, will muster its firepower to come to the fore anew, said Coach Chito Victolero.
"It's a battle between defensive teams," said Victolero. (JTD)