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Murky Blackwater mark grabs highlight amid race for bonus

Shawn Glover (No. 34) has been dazzling for Blackwater, but his efforts have been going down the drain. —PBA IMAGES

Shawn Glover (No. 34) has been dazzling for Blackwater, however his efforts have been happening the drain. —PBA IMAGES

The elimination spherical of the PBA Governors’ Cup winds all the way down to its ultimate two days, its final 4 video games.

And as a substitute of the main focus being on TNT and Meralco chasing that final twice-to-beat bonus within the first spherical of the playoffs, all eyes will probably be educated on the Magnolia-Blackwater match on Wednesday that actually has nothing on the road however a sport neither aspect might afford to lose.

The Hotshots will come into the 6 p.m. match at Sensible Araneta Coliseum with one factor pounded on their minds by coach Chito Victolero.

“I instructed them that we at all times play to win,” Victolero instructed the Inquirer over the cellphone on Tuesday as his crew battles the Bossing who’re making an attempt to avert a second shut-out convention and win for the primary time of their final 30 video games relationship again to the tail finish of the 2020 Philippine Cup contained in the Angeles bubble. “I reminded them to at all times respect our opponent and respect the sport.

“So everybody can ensure that we received’t be taking it straightforward,” mentioned Victolero, who additionally bared that he could have everybody on deck for the no-bearing match save for Calvin Abueva.

“He’ll be out there for the playoffs,” he mentioned. “He nonetheless hasn’t been capable of be part of us in full contact practices.”

Blackwater already has the longest dropping streak within the league at 29 video games and is all the way down to its final shot at lastly profitable one or go 0-22 over two conferences—the league’s first winless season.

In the meantime, TNT clashes with ousted Terrafirma within the 3 p.m. sport with the Tropang Giga needing at least a sweep of their final two outings to entertain ideas of gaining a quarterfinal bonus outright.

One other staff nonetheless within the hunt for that’s Meralco, which battles Phoenix on Friday, the identical day TNT pulls the curtains down on the classification spherical when it collides with red-hot NorthPort.

As issues stand, Magnolia is already assured of No. 1 and idle NLEX No. 2. The highest 4 groups get win-once incentives within the quarterfinals.

San Miguel Beer has closed out with a 7-4 report and will find yourself tied with Meralco and TNT in case the Bolts overcome the Gas Masters and the Tropang Giga sweep.

The quotient system will come into play in that case.

Already out of the working along with the Bossing are the Dyip with a 2-8 report and Rain or Shine, which couldn’t maintain a scorching begin and closed out with a five-game dropping streak. INQ

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