Blackwater vs Star [January 25 | 4:15pm | Cuneta Astrodome]

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Stakes couldn’t be higher when Star and Blackwater cross paths on Wednesday.

Sitting at the bottom of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, both squads know the importance of this duel.

For the Hotshots, this will be the first of their three tries make the top eight when they battle the Elite at Cuneta Astrodome at 4:15 p.m.

Coach Chito Victolero wants to keep his wards calm as Star seeks to turn back a dangerous Elite squad.

“We have to take it game at a time. We acknowledge the pressure, but the players are excited and they’re preparing very hard for these coming games,” he said.

At 4-4, the Hotshots are still on the outside looking in, and a defeat in their next three games, against also-rans Mahindra and Meralco, will surely hurt their playoff chances. –