(Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City)
5:15 p.m. – Rain or Shine vs Barako Bull
7:30 p.m. – San Mig Coffee vs Air21
Air21 is on a roll after winning
its last two games.
However, against defending champion San Mig Coffee, Air21 head coach Franz Pumaren said they have to bring their A-game if they hope to extend their win streak as the Express battle the Mixers in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup today at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
The game between San Mig Coffee and Air21 is set at 7:30 p.m., following the 5:15 p.m. encounter between Rain or Shine and Barako Bull.
After beating Globalport (106-94) last March 10 that snapped a five-game losing skid, Air21 won its biggest game this conference as it downed league-leader Alaska, 74-68, last Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The pair of wins by the Express improved their record at 3-5 – tied for seventh to ninth places with Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and Barako Bull. That kept them in the hunt for a playoff berth as the conference rolls to its final stretch.
San Mig, tied for fourth to sixth spots with Talk ’N Text and Meralco all with 4-4 records, is also fresh from a huge win as it downed Meralco, 76-71, also last Friday.
“The current record of San Mig does not reflect their true strength,” said Pumaren. “That’s why we really have to play our best. We are wary of their length and size. We need to be active to compensate our disadvantage in size.”
On the other hand, two teams will try to end their respective losing skids in the first game as Rain or Shine tries to snap a two-game after setbacks to Talk ’N Text (86-76) and import-less Petron Blaze (87-79) last Saturday, while Barako Bull a four-game.
“It’s a tough game for us, very important. It’s a game that can change our season,” said Barako Bull consultant Rajko Toroman. “We are playing good basketball the last two games but we lost. Hopefully we can continue to play good, and find a way to win.”