Game Today (Xavier Gym, Cagayan de Oro City)
5 p.m. – Alaska vs Globalport
Games Tomorrow (Alonte Gym Biñan, Laguna)
3 p.m. – Talk ’N Text vs Barako Bull
5:15 p.m. – Meralco vs Purefoods
Globalport is out to prove its stunning win over Talk ‘N Text was no fluke when it goes for another big fish in Alaska as they clash in the Petron Saturday Special of the PBA Philippine Cup today at the Xavier gym in Cagayan de Oro City.
“Hopefully we can ride the momentum,” said Jarencio, who is gunning for his first back-to-back win as a coach in the pro league.
But beating Alaska in their 5 p.m. match won’t be easy as the Aces are aching to bounce back after absorbing its first loss at the hands of Barako Bull.
Jarencio believes their 105-97 victory over TNT will give his boys extra zest because it was the team’s first over the many-time champion since joining the league two years ago.
“It was definitely a big win for us, maganda yung momentum from that win, sana madala namin sa next game,” said Jarencio.“We expect Alaska to bounce back after na natalo, pero kami basta ready lang, may pag-asa kami.”
“We take it one game at a time, ang importante naka-focus kami and ma-sustain namin yung intensity. Malaking bagay din kung manalo kasi mas magiging maganda yung spot namin sa playoffs.”
But Globalport sophomore guard Terrence Romeo is likely to be a marked man.
He was rampant against the Tropang Texters as he scored 30 points, including a tough shot that helped them pull away for good early in the payoff period.
Romeo is hoping his shooting touch will not desert him like what happened after scoring 33 points in the team’s first game against NLEX. Prior to their TNT game, he averaged a measly 4.8 points in the last four games on a combined 6-of-38 shooting.
Romeo and Ronjay Buenafe scored 11 points apiece in a torrid fourth quarter shooting that kept TNT at bay.
The win allowed Globalport to tie TNT for fi fth place at 4-3.
Alaska Coach Alex Compton admits that Globalport is not only tough but is also a dangerous team that’s why he challenged his boys to play as hard as they can.
If not, they will be in big trouble.