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PBA: SMB guns for playoff spot

Games Today (Smart Araneta)
4:15 p.m. – Alaska vs Kia
7 p.m. – NLEX vs San Miguel

Ginebra Mark Caguioa takes the jumper over  Terance Romeo of Global Port during the PBA Governprs Cup at the Mall of Asia (Bob Dungo,jr)San Miguel coach Leo Austria believes the Beermen have to put their best foot forward when they gun for a playoff berth against NLEX tonight as action heats up in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Even though the Beermen have won five straight after a 0-2 start, Austria feels there is no room for complacency as the tournament enters a crucial stage.

“The key for us is to keep playing hard,” Austria said, noting that his team cannot afford to lower its guard what with the Road Warriors coming off a rousing victory the last time against Alaska, 113-102.

“Just like us, they are also fresh from a win so expect them to come out strong. They are a dangerous team, with Asi (Taulava) and their import (Kwame) Alexander, and they have shooters,” he added.

At the moment, Barako Bull is on top of the standings with a 5-1 win-loss card, while San Miguel totes a 5-2 and third with a 4-2 slate is Alaska, which plays Kia (3-2) in the opener at 4:15 pm. Still in hot pursuit with identical 4-3 marks are Meralco and Globalport, defending champion Talk ‘N Text at seventh with 3-3, Ginebra at eight with 3-4, Star, NLEX and Rain or Shine with similar 2-4 for ninth to 11th spots and Blackwater at the bottom with a 1-6 ledger.

The San Miguel vs NLEX main event will start at 7 pm.

NLEX management has brought in former Barako Bull import Josh Dollard last Monday, but has yet to get clearance from the Energy Cola to replace Alexander, a high-leaping forward.