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Ginebra, Phoenix fives clash in Cagayan de Oro

Two of the top teams cross paths in a highly anticipated bout as league-leader Phoenix and second-running Barangay Ginebra meet out of town in the resumption of the 2018 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup.

Ginebra, Phoenix fives clash in Cagayan de Oro
Phoenix Fuel Master Calvin Abueva (left) is a marked man when the Fuel Masters take on the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings.
The Fuel Masters (5-1) will be gunning for their fourth straight win, but the Gin Kings (4-1) are looking to spoil their parade when they go at it at 5 p.m. in Cagayan De Oro City.

 

Given their places, their tussle ahead will have them fighting for the top spot.

Improving their already good campaign thus far is both on the eyes of Phoenix and Ginebra as they look to take a step closer to clinching a spot in the quarterfinals.

Reinforced by their prolific imports, the Fuel Masters and the Gin Kings are both off to rousing starts.

While Ginebra, being the two-time reigning champion, is expected to perform well, Phoenix’s fiery start is somewhat a surprise.

Euegene Phelps’ continued steady play and the entry of Calvin Abueva into the fray certainly made the Fuel Masters a team to reckon with.

“Our team is starting to realize the potential we can have, especially with Calvin (Abueva),” said Phoenix coach Louie Alas.

Phoenix last victimized Magnolia after dishing out an impressive 95-82 rout last Sunday.

On the same night, the Gin Kings likewise impressed, taking down San Miguel Beer, 110-102.

For Ginebra coach Tim Cone, it’s all about staying in the top four for his team until key players Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar return from their injuries.

“We’ve been missing key guys all tournament. We’re on survival mode and hope to stay in the top four until they comeback,” said Cone.

Topics: 2018 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup , Barangay Ginebra , Phoenix , Tim Cone , Louie Alas
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