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Mahindra vs Blackwater

  • Written by Arman Carandang
  • Published in Basketball
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Games today

(Smart Araneta Coliseum)

4:15 p.m. -- NLEX vs. Mahindra

7 p.m. -- Meralco vs. Blackwater

IF Mahindra is to validate its being a contender in the PBA Governors’ Cup, it must be to bounce back from a recent debacle.

That’s the very challenge the Enforcers are facing today as they set out after their five-game winning run --  the franchise’s  best start in the league -- was stopped by  Phoenix last Friday.
   
The  4:15 p.m. game is all the more challenging for the  Enforcers especially since they are up  against an NLEX team that’s seeking for its first back-to-back win in the season-ending tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
   
The Enforcers are currently in second place at 4-1 in a tie with the San Miguel Beer team they also defeated in the course of their streak before they were ambushed the Fuel Masters, 100-94.
   
This means a win today will put the Enforcers close to the very spot they had held earlier.
   
The Road Warriors are gunning for their third win in six outings and a follow-up to their 88-85 thumping of Star Hotshots also last Friday.
   
Focus is on the Road Warriors too, whether they could get the best from Bill Walker, the hot-headed import who shone on offense last time around after banging away 32 points.
   
“Sabi ni (Bill) Walker sa akin nung meeting he had my back. Told him he just has to play and be cool,” said NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez.
   
“When he’s angry he’s not doing the right thing. I appreciate my players for this they played hard to come back from three losses,” added Fernandez.
   
Meralco, meanwhile, also seeks to rebound from a stinging 126-123 loss to Globalport in double overtime, as it plays Blackwater in the main offering at 7 p.m.