Phoenix, Blackwater clash in virtual q’final KO match

first_imgThe mad scramble for quarterfinal berths continues on Wednesday as Phoenix Petroleum and Blackwater collide without a key player each in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall clashes and tear gas PLAY LIST 01:07Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall clashes and tear gas01:17Christmas Eve chaos in Hong Kong as police and protesters clash00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Fuel Masters and Elite figure in a potential knockout clash at 7 p.m. with Phoenix missing gunner Matthew Wright and Blackwater playing without Allein Maliksi, who are both on loan to Gilas Pilipinas for the second window of the Fiba World Cup qualifiers in Australia.With six teams still in the hunt for three remaining quarterfinals spots, GlobalPort is also hard-pressed to overcome slumping Kia in the first game at 4:30 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Batang Pier blew an early lead in absorbing an 81-96 loss to Magnolia on Friday that put their quarterfinal hopes in peril after they dropped to 4-5.“We need to play hard and there’s just no room to relax,” said GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio, whose squad can climb into a share of sixth spot with Barangay Ginebra with a victory. Another win against Phoenix on March 2 will seal the Batang Pier’s entry to the next round. But even with its 1-8 record, Kia will be going all out as the Picanto are dedicating the game to the wife of team manager Joe Lipa, Ging, who passed away Friday.“Despite our situation we remain unperturbed and defiant as we go all out to get a win,” said Kia coach Ricky Dandan, whose team has dropped its last four games. “And, yes, win one for Tita Ging (Lipa) and coach Joe.”Stalled by Meralco last Wednesday, Phoenix, which also has a 4-5 record, isn’t taking any chances as it seeks the first of two wins needed for an outright quarterfinal berth starting with a victory against the Elite.The Fuel Masters are comforted by the fact that their fate is still in their hands unlike the Elite, who are looking to close out the elimination round with a win that could give them a shot at a playoff for a quarterfinal spot.“At least, our fate is still in our hands,” said Phoenix coach Louie Alas. “We can make things happen.”ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next CEU stays unbeaten View commentslast_img

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