Ginebra in crucial game against NLEX

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BARANGAY Ginebra San Miguel faces NLEX Friday with the Gin Kings going all out for a win that would keep them on track for a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup.

“All our games are important for our run to the top two seeds,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone—the first PBA coach to breach 1,000 wins, told BusinessMirror on Thursday. “A loss could knock us out, so the NLEX game is crucial.”

“We cannot  afford to stumble. We have to come in with great focus,” said the 64-year-old Cone, whose 1,000th victory came in the form of a 98-84 rout of Blackwater a week ago.

The Gin Kings-Road Warriors game is set at 5:45 p.m. at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

Ginebra is 7-2 won-lost to be in third place in the standings behind the Hong Kong Bay Area Dragons (9-2) and Magnolia (8-2).

Rain or Shine, meanwhile, battles Blackwater at 3 p.m. with the Elasto Painters hoping to keep their chances alive for the last quarterfinals spot.

Currently at ninth with a 4-6 record, Coach Yeng Guiao is hoping to beat the already-eliminated Blackwater (3-8).

Inspired by the progress of his naturalization as a Filipino citizen, Ginebra resident import Justin Brownlee continues to weave wonders with averages of 27 points, 10 rebounds and 7.0 assists in nine games. Scottie Thompson is also fuming with norms of 11.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists for the Gin Kings.

The Road Warriors will try to win their last two remaining games to snap a five-game losing skid and improve their 3-7 record at 11th place. They went down in the conference as the team that lost to a languishing Terrafirma Dyip beat, 124-114, to end a 25-game losing streak.

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