While Phoenix shoots for a berth in the quarterfinals, three others are in dire need of a win to keep breathing as the action resumes in the homestretch of the 2018 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup eliminations.
The Fuel Masters (6-2) are looking to secure their place in the next round, while also looking to stay inside the top four, but struggling powerhouse San Miguel Beer (2-4) stands in their way when they collide at 7 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
In the appetizer, ailing squads NorthPort (1-6) and Meralco (1-5) will be virtually fighting for survival when they go head-to-head at 4:30 p.m.
As Eugene Phelps continues to explode, Phoenix continues to roll.
The Fuel Masters are currently enjoying a splendid run, mainly thanks to Phelps’ leadership and stellar play.
Phelps exploded for a monstrous 51-point, 20-rebound outburst in Phoenix’s 123-97 drubbing of NLEX just last Wednesday.
Phoenix coach Louie Alas hopes that his team can be in its best form again against the Beermen, who are trying to snap a three-game losing skid.
“San Miguel will always be a tough team to play regardless of any situation,” said Alas. “I hope we can be at our best to have a shot against them.”
The Beermen, who are still without June Mar Fajardo, are in need of a win to stay in the hunt for a quarterfinals berth.
The Batang Pier and the Bolts, both with only a win to show at this stage, will figure in a crucial encounter as the loser will be in serious danger of getting booted out.