March 15, 2019
Rain or Shine will be eyeing a twice-to-beat incentive when it plays Meralco in its last game in the elimination round of Season 44 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup today at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
The Elasto Painters are hoping to arrest their two-game losing skid in their 7 p.m. encounter against the Bolts . Ros lost to TNT KaTropa, 92-100, and the Columbian Dyip, 82-85, last week.
“We have to try to win that game and end up at the top spot. We must try to get one of the two top spots at least,” said Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia.
Raymond Almazan will miss tonight’s game because of a sprained ankle.
Rain or Shine is currently No. 2 with a 7-3 win-loss record. The Elasto Painters must beat the Bolts and hope that TNT KaTropa (5-3) lose in one of its three remaining games to remain at the second spot.
“We just want to repeat the way we played our first eight games.”
The Bolts (3-5), fighting for survival, must sweep their last three games to enter the quarterfinal.
Meanwhile, TNT hopes to sustain its winning streak to four games when it battles a struggling Alaska.
A victory by TNT (5-3) will allow them to share the third spot with defending champion San Miguel Beer (6-3). SMB has already qualified for the top eight.
“We are treating all remaining games as must win,” said TNT coach Bong Ravena, who is expecting a tough fight from the Aces who lost 70-91 to Northern Luzon Expressway on Wednesday.
TNT is coming from a morale-boosting 127-89 win over Blackwater last week while he Aces, at 3-4, previously suffered two consecutive defeats.
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