Manila Bulletin

Un­beaten TNT, Phoenix clash; SMB eyes 2nd win

- By JONAS TERRADO Sports · Phoenix · San Miguel Brewery · Philippine Basketball Association · Angeles University Foundation · Alaska · Rosario · Jayson Castro · Meralco Bolts

Games To­day (AUF Gym pow­ered by Smart 5G)

4 p.m. — TNT (3-0) vs Phoenix (2-0) 6:45 p.m. — Ter­rafirma (0-2) vs San Miguel (1-2)

TNT and Phoenix Su­per LPG col­lide in a bat­tle of two un­beaten teams while de­fend­ing cham­pion San Miguel Beer tries to snap a two-game slide to­day in the PBA Philip­pine Cup at the An­ge­les Univer­sity Foun­da­tion Sports and Cul­tural Cen­ter.

The Tropang Giga and Fuel Masters meet at 4 p.m. with the for­mer seek­ing to stretch their per­fect run to four games af­ter com­ing off a lop­sided vic­tory over the Beer­men 107-88 three days ago in­side the bub­ble.

San MIguel, on the other hand, plays win­less Ter­rafirma at 6:45 p.m. hop­ing to get back on track and over­come the loss of guard Ter­rence Romeo, who was ruled out for the rest of the sea­son with a dis­lo­cated right shoul­der.

Romeo left the bub­ble over the week­end af­ter in­jur­ing his shoul­der in a col­li­sion with TNT’s Ryan Reyes in Fri­day’s game.

TNT’s blowout of SMB came af­ter a close win against Alaska (100-95) in the opener last Oct. 11 and an easy romp of Ter­rafirma (112-101) two days later be­hind RR Po­goy, Ray Parks Jr. and Poy Er­ram.

Troy Rosario and res­i­dent leader Jayson Cas­tro have also been qui­etly pro­duc­tive for the Tropang Giga, who have so far lived up to their billing as one of the top con­tenders this sea­son.

But coach Bong Ravena and ac­tive con­sul­tant Mark Dickel know full well that Phoenix will be a tough cookie to crum­ble af­ter win­ning its first out­ings un­der in­terim coach Topex Robin­son.

The Fuel Masters ripped the Mer­alco Bolts (116-98) and over­came North­Port (110-105) be­hind Matthew Wright, Justin Chua and Ja­son Perkins.

Both wins should make Phoenix feel good while con­tin­u­ing to wait on the league to lift the in­def­i­nite sus­pen­sion of Calvin Abueva.

Last week, Abueva had his pro li­cense re­in­stated af­ter meet­ing all re­quire­ments of the Games and Amuse­ments Board.

But it re­mains a big ques­tion why the PBA has yet to de­cide on the mat­ter, even if Abueva was able to ful­fill all con­di­tions.

 ??  ?? TRAPPED – NLEX’s Kiefer Ravena tries to make his move against Black­wa­ter’s Frank Golla, left, and Paul Deside­rio dur­ing Satur­day’s PBA Philip­pine Cup game at the AUF Sports and Cul­tural Cen­ter pow­ered by Smart 5G. Black­wa­ter won 98-88. (PBA Im­ages)
TRAPPED – NLEX’s Kiefer Ravena tries to make his move against Black­wa­ter’s Frank Golla, left, and Paul Deside­rio dur­ing Satur­day’s PBA Philip­pine Cup game at the AUF Sports and Cul­tural Cen­ter pow­ered by Smart 5G. Black­wa­ter won 98-88. (PBA Im­ages)

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