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Accelerators in vital tiff

  • Written by Theodore P. Jurado
  • Published in Basketball
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Games today:

(JCSGO Gym)

4 p.m. -- AMA vs. Topstar

6 p.m. -- Phoenix vs. Blustar

SKIDDING Phoenix hopes to hurdle the first of two must-win games against Blustar Detergent today in the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the JCSGO Gym.

After leading most of the conference, the Accelerators looked like they are starting to lose their brakes.
   
The defeats it suffered to defending champion Cafe France and Racal has put Phoenix in danger of being at a disadvantage come playoff time.
   
The Accelerators simply need to prevail in their 6 p.m. duel with the Dragons to stay in the hunt for the semifinals bonus.
   
“Must win para sa amin yung last two games. But we’re looking at it the same way we did all conference, one game at a time,” said Phoenix coach Eric Gonzales.
   
Sporting a 7-3 card, the Accelerators are trailing the Bakers (8-2) by a full game in the race for the second twice-to-beat slot in the Final Four.
   
If it beats Blustar, Phoenix still also needs to prevail over Cafe France to at least be in the conversation for the top two seeds and hope that the tiebreaker will be on its favor in case of a triple-tie.
   
Still, Gonzales remains positive with his team after that shock 90-88 defeat to the Tile Masters last Tuesday.
   
“I’m positive that the team will bounce back,” said Gonzales.
   
Meanwhile, a memorable finish in its inaugural foray in the D-League is what the Dragons wanted right now.
   
“There are many things to learn for our players. At least we got two wins in this league. We have our final game against Phoenix, we’ll definitely try our best,” said Blustar coach Goh Cheng Huat.
   
AMA Online Education and Topstar ZC Mindanao clash in a no-bearing game at 4 p.m.