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Enforcers try to stop skid, play Aces

  • Written by Arman Carandang
  • Published in Basketball
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Joseph Yeo of Globalport dribbles past  Brian Heruela of San Miguel Beer during second quarter play of their game on Friday. The Batang Pier won this game. Photo by : PBA Images Joseph Yeo of Globalport dribbles past Brian Heruela of San Miguel Beer during second quarter play of their game on Friday. The Batang Pier won this game.

tries to stop an alarming nosedive as it takes on Blackwater while Rain or Shine battles Barangay Ginebra as the race for two outright semifinal berths starts to  heat up in the PBA Governors’ Cup today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Enforcers are looking to get back into the groove after absorbing back-to-back losses, but will have to give their best shot against the Elite who are very much capable of pulling off surprises in the 4:30p.m. opening tussle.

Looking invincible after winning all their first four wins in what was the franchise best ever start, the Enforcers fell in ambush to Phoenix, 100-94 last August 12, a setback that went unabated after they dropped a close 82-81 loss to NLEX five days later.

Another thing that should give the Enforcers serious concern is that they are up against an Elite team that’s badly needing a win to avoid getting stranded near the cellar.

The Elite’s first and only win came at the expense of Star Hotshots whom they edged out, 100-98 last July 22, but have never won again since then, making them as hungrier than ever.
   
The Elasto Painters on the other hand are going for their second straight win when they take on the Gin Kings in the main offering at 6:45 p.m.
   
But the problem is, as coach Yeng Guiao admitted, he’s not happy with the way the Elasto Painters have been playing lately, that despite beating Alaska, 117-114, last August 13.
   
“We’re back into winning above the .500% winning percentage but (I) am still not happy on the way we’re playing,” said Guiao after that victory over the Aces.
   
“We still do not have the chemistry that we had; we didn’t have the consistency, ball movement,” added Guiao.
   
Mahindra and Ginebra are tied with San Miguel in the second to fourth places at 4-2 (win-loss), while Rain or Shine is running fifth at 3-2.