October 18, 2019
TNT KaTropa aims to stretch its winning streak to seven games when it meets Alaska at 7 p.m. tonight in Season 44 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.
Their berth in the quarters secured, import KJ McDaniels and the KaTropa are now eyeing a twice-to-beat advantage.
But TNT coach Bong Ravena warns that Alaska, now at the bottom of the the team standings, is still a dangerous adversary.
“Alaska is coming from a big win. We expect them to be on a high morale and traditionally Alaska has been playing really well against us, so we have to be ready on defense and offense. We are more concerned about our defense,” Ravena told The Manila Times in a phone interview.
Ravena added that the Semerad twins Anthony and David will miss tonight’s game because of bones spurs and Achilles tendon injuries.
TNT will be banking on the prowess of import McDaniels, a former Houston Rocket who finished with 51 points and 10 rebounds in their 116-113 win over Meralco last Saturday.
Alaska is upbeat after winning its first game in six assignments, a 78-71 beating of Rain or Shine last Sunday. Jeron Teng led the Aces with 18 points and nine rebounds.
Meanwhile, Blackwater (2-3 win-loss record) wants to reach the .500 mark when it battles Meralco in 4:30 p.m. first game.
The Elite won 95-89 against an import-less Magnolia last Wednesday.
“We would have to be at our best again against a very good team like Meralco. What’s difficult about this is we have less than 24 hours to do a quick turnaround and I just hope it would be enough,” said Elite coach Aries Dimaunahan, who will be relying on import Marqus Blakely.
Meralco (3-2) is determined to bounce back from previous defeat to TNT.
Two-time import Allen Durham almost registered a triple-double of 43 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in that last game.
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