Tuesday, March 27, 2012

PLAYOFF CRACK AT NO. 2 BECKONS AT KINGS


source: pba.ph

BARANGAY Ginebra has a very clear shot at making it outright to the PBA Commissioner's Cup
semifinals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Kings take on Air21 Wednesday, hoping for a third straight win that would seal for them a play off spot for the No. 2 spot and an automatic semis berth.

Some help from family could be had by Ginebra from sister team Petron Blaze, which battles Talk 'N Text in the nightcap winding up the eliminations.

Should the Kings and Boosters win it will be B-Meg claiming No. 1 and the former playing off with the Tropang Texters for the No. 2 slot. Should TNT win Ginebra and B-Meg square off for the No. 2 position.

Ginebra lost to the Llamados by 16 but won over the Texters by three.

Although Kings coach Siot Tanquingcen wouldn't admit it out loud, it is expected he would want to take on TNT more.

The three-time champion coach also just wants to focus on the task at hand.


"Wala namang mapagpilian," he has said. "Any of those teams is really tough. Pero just to have that opportunity, malaking bagay na iyon. Pero di na pinag-iisipan kung sino makaka-play off, iyung pinagpipiliian kung sino. Basta me oportunidad pa rin."

The Express have lost three straight and the Kings have won back-to-back games, but Tanquingcen
wouldn't put it past their opponents to pull off the unexpected.

"Mahirap kalaban ang Air21, fight ng fight sila at mga bata," said Tanquingcen. "Also, kahit
napagtatalo sila of late, kahit paano dominant pa rin naman si (Express import) Marcus (Douthit)."

One major factor, Tanquingcen added, is for his team to continue doing what they have displayed so well against TNT and Barako Bull.

"It is imperative we focus on our defense because that's been the key to our recent wins," he said. (NC)