Titleholder Barangay Ginebra and Magnolia Pambansang Manok both take a shot at an outright playoff entry as they clash in a crucial setto in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday.
Both went on an up-and-down ride in their last few games that ruined their chances for the top two and a twice-to-beat bonus in the post elims play.
But both have remained in solid ground in the upper half of the chart. They go for an automatic spot in the quarterfinals as they square off at 6:45 p.m. in the latest edition of the Manila Classico that is expected to draw a big crowd at the Big Dome.
It’s a grudge match between the archrivals who last shared the floor on April 7 in a deciding Game Three in their Philippine Cup quarterfinals matchup. The Hotshots
prevailed, and went all the way to battle the San Miguel Beermen in a Game Seven to determine the all-Filipino champs.
This Sunday, the Kings and the Hotshots face off in a duel of the Commissioner’s Cup holder and the Governors Cup titlists.