Cebu teams com­pete in In­ter­na­tional Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val in Bo­ra­cay Is­land

Im­por­tant games for TNT, Alaska

Cebu Daily News - - SPORTS - /MU­SONG CASTILLO OF THE IN­QUIRER BON /CORRES PONDENT RABBONI BOR-

COM­ING off long breaks and con­trast­ing for­tunes, TNT KaTropa and Alaska shoot for vic­to­ries against sep­a­rate foes at Smart Araneta Coli­seum in Cubao Fri­day that would put them closer to­wards quar­ter­fi­nal berths in the PBA Com­mis­sioner’s Cup.

The Aces, com­ing from their first loss that snapped a string of four straight vic­to­ries 13 days ago, will bat­tle the dan­ger­ous Phoenix Petroleum in the 4:15 p.m. con­test be­fore the Tex­ters take the fa­bled Big Dome floor op­po­site Ter­rence Romeo and Glob­alPort at 7 p.m.

These games are im­por­tant for both if they don’t want to go into the All-Star break trail­ing lead­ers San Miguel Beer and Mer­alco sig­nif­i­cantly, with TNT hav­ing the chance to even tie the Bolts if its sweeps its next two as­sign­ments counting a clash with Barangay Gine­bra this Sun­day.

TNT last played on April 9 and barely squeaked past the Mahin­dra Flood­busters, who, like the Batang Pier, are in dire need of string­ing up vic­to­ries to stay in­side the magic cir­cle of eight teams that will ad­vance to the quar­ter­fi­nals.

The Tex­ters have lit­er­ally scraped past their last two foes to high­light a four-game win­ning streak. CEBU'S top dragon boat teams will vie in the 11th Bo­ra­cay In­ter­na­tional Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val to­day in Bo­ra­cay is­land, Ak­lan.

The Gruppo Haba­gat-Para­mount Team and the Philip­pine Ac­ces­si­bilty Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices (PADS) Dragon Boat squad will test their skills in the race, which will be par­tic­i­pated by some of the best pad­dlers in the world.

The 500-me­ter men's open, women's mixed, and masters cat­e­gories will be held to­day. The 250-dis­tance will be held on Satur­day.

The Cebu teams will use this event to pre­pare for their home stand in the Cebu Dragon Boat Fes­ti­val 2017 slated next week­end at the Cebu Yacht Club in La­puLapu City.

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