Star and two other teams seeing action in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday are walking the tightrope between surviving and bidding their season farewell.
On a 3-game losing streak, Star looks to gain its bearings when the Hotshots battle GlobalPort at 7 p.m., after the Alaska-Meralco tussle at 4:15 p.m. The games will be played at Araneta Coliseum.
Star (4-3), GlobalPort (3-5) and Alaska (3-6) are all eyeing a fifth win in the conference, a number that either tows them into the quarterfinals outright or at least puts them in the running for a tiebreaker.
With 4 chances to meet that target, Star has the best chance of the three although the Hotshots have been struggling lately.
In its last game, Star fell early to Meralco and had no answer for top Best Import candidate Allen Durham in a 96-90 loss.
The Hotshots, known this season for their ability to blitz opponents from downtown, have seen their outside shooting sour in their current slump, making just 28% of their 3-point attempts.
Coach Chito Victolero and co. want to minimize complications by beating GlobalPort, which can muddle up the chase for playoff spots with a win.
GlobalPort has lost two straight largely because the Batang Pier were missing Stanley Pringle, who was in the US to be with his sick father.
According to a report posted on Spin.ph, he’ll be back against Star, which will parade new acquisitions BamBam Gamalinda and Kyle Pascual after trading away sharpshooter Allein Maliksi to Blackwater.
In the first game, Alaska, red-hot all of a sudden after previously losing 14 consecutive, looks to extend its winning streak to four and keep alive its hopes of a quarterfinal berth when the Aces battle Meralco (6-2).
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