3 PBA teams fight for survival

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Mga Laro Ngayon (Araneta Coliseum)

4:15 p.m. Alaska vs. Meralco 7 p.m. Global Port vs. Star

Team Standings:

Ginebra (7-2); Meralco (6-2); NLEX (7-3); TNT (6-3); San Miguel Beer (5-3); Rain or Shine (53); Star (4-3); Blackwater (4-5); Global Port (3-5); Alaska (3-6); Phoenix (28); KIA (0-9) THREE teams fighting for dear life and wanting to advance to the next round take centerstage today in the 2017 PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Alaska (3-6), GlobalPort (3-5) and Star (4-3) badly need a win today to keep their chances of reaching the playoffs alive and avoid being one of the four teams that would take an early vacation in the tournament.

So far, two teams — Phoenix (2-8) and Kia Picanto (0-9)— are already out of the running.

Alaska takes on Meralco in the 4:15 p.m. opener while Global Port and Star collide at 7 p.m.

In its last assignment, Alaska defeated Kia, 10294, for its second straight win.

The Bolts, on the other hand, outplayed Hotshot, 96-90, in their last game.

Meralco likewise needed a victory to assure itself of a twice-to-beat incentive in the playoffs that is given to the top four teams in the league.

The Bolts are currently on second place behind league-leader Barangay Ginebra (7-2). Breathing

just behind their back are NLEX Road Warriors (73) and TNT KaTropa (63).

“Every game is important now especially that the standings are so close,” said Meralco coach Norman Black.

Between Global Port and Star, it is the Batang Pier who are hardpressed to win in their game tonight.

A setback by GlobalPort, coupled by a win by Alaska in the first game, would drop Batang Pier to 10th place.

A win, on the other hand, would send them to a tie for 8th place with idle Blackwater.

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