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TNT seeks no. 7

  • Written by Arman Carandang
  • Published in Basketball
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Games today

(Smart Araneta Coliseum)

4:15 p.m. -- Globalport vs. Talk N Text

7 p.m. -- San Miguel vs. Meralco

ITS seeming invincibility exposed last time around, Talk ‘N Text faces yet another daunting task today as it seeks to keep its hold of the lead in the PBA Governors’ Cup today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Tropang Texters take on a resurgent Globalport at 4:15 p.m., looking for their seventh victory that will enhance their bid for one of two outright semifinal berths that offer twice-to-beat incentives in the season-ending tournament.
   
The Texters started hot in the tournament they had won several times already after cornering all their first six outings, but fell in ambush to a  Mahindra team that outlasted them last August 26, 107-104.
   
If they are to bounce back from that huge loss, the Texters will have to give their best on both ends of the court, especially since they are up against the Batang Pier who are on a roll with three straight victories.
   
In sharp contrast, the Batang Pier started on the wrong foot in the tournament, losing badly in their first four outings, but have made a complete turnaround by beating three tough teams to revive their playoff hopes.
   
The Batang Pier started their climb with a 126-123 double overtime win over Meralco last Aug. 14, then subdued the Beermen, 98-92, before adding Rain or Shine to their list of victims with a 101-99 win in Legazpi City last Saturday.
   
The Texters remained on top at 6-1, and they need more wins they could clinch to avoid being dragged in a complication as the race for playoff berths gets tougher in the last 11 playdates of elimination.
   
Equally-exciting is the 7 p.m. main tussle pitting San Miguel Beer and Meralco which are both on winning momentum.
   
The Beermen, who defeated Alaska, 106-103, last Wedneday, will gun for their sixth win that will put them in a tie with Mahindra and Ginebra which are currently tied for second place at 6-2.
   
The Bolts also enter the court enjoying some momentum drawn from their victory over sister team NLEX also last Wednesday.