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Unbeaten Kings seek solo lead vs Batang Pier

PhilStar Global logo PhilStar Global 9/4/2018
Unbeaten Kings seek solo lead vs Batang Pier © Provided by The Philippines Star[Philstar Daily Inc.] Unbeaten Kings seek solo lead vs Batang Pier

MANILA, Philippines — Reigning PBA Governors Cup back-to-back champ Barangay Ginebra and two other teams seek to keep their clean slates as they figure in a doubleheader tonight at the Smart Araneta Coliseum before the tourney takes a breather to give way to the September window of the FIBA World Cup qualifier.

The Kings eye a third straight win against the NorthPort Batang Pier in their 7 p.m. matchup succeeding the 4:30 p.m. tiff between the Beermen and the Elite who both go for a second consecutive victory in the season-ending tourney.

Greg Slaughter, Scottie Thompson, Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot, Christian Standhardinger, Poy Erram and Stanley Pringle are all determined to deliver for their respective ball clubs before focusing with the Gilas pool gearing up for its game against Iran on Sept. 13 and versus Qatar on Sept. 17.

Practically straight from the airport from his Jakarta Asiad stint, Standhardinger suited up with San Miguel Sunday, pouring in a PBA career-high 36 points that went with 11 rebounds as the Beermen crushed the NLEX Road Warriors, 125-112.

That result convinced Blackwater coach Bong Ramos that San Miguel remains a major title contender even in the absence of the injury-hit June Mar Fajardo.

“Against NLEX, four San Miguel players scored a total of 103 points. Minus June Mar, they definitely still have a lot of offensive weapons. Defense is key in playing them,” said Ramos.

With their own ace center – Erram – out with Team Phl in the Asian Games, the Elite defied the odds in toppling the TNT KaTropa Texters, 104-98, in overtime on Aug. 24.

Like SMB and Blackwater, Ginebra and NorthPort hope to nail a win before taking a breather.  

Ginebra is at 2-0 while NorthPort is at exact opposite at 0-2, but coach Tim Cone expects a battle, with Pringle and Sean Anthony set to rejoin coach Pido Jarencio’s NorthPort team.

Pringle is also fresh from his sterling stint as a member of the national team in the just-concluded Asian Games in Jakarta while Anthony is raring to plunge back into action from a bout with an injury.

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