Beermen gun for 4th straight win

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Games Today (SM Mall of Asia Arena) 4:30 p.m. GlobalPort vs San Miguel 7 p.m. Magnolia vs TNT

Team Standings: Rain or Shine (7-1); Alaska (61); TNT (6-1); Meralco (5-2); San Miguel Beer (3-3); Columbian Dyip (4-5); Magnolia (3-4); Globalport (3-4); Phoenix (3-5); Barangay Ginebra (2-5); NLEX (26); Blackwater (1-8)

DEFENDING champion San Miguel Beer is now in full throttle after starting off the PBA Commissioner's Cup with three successive losses.

The Beermen guns for a fourth straight victory when they take on GlobalPort this afternoon at the SMMall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

They not only aim to gain access for the next phase of the tournament but also vying for the top two slots that has a twice to beat advantage in the first round of the Playoffs.

"Okay lang na mangarap, na buhay pa kami for a top two slot," explained Austria. "Pero we need to stay in the moment, kung ano muna nasa harapan namin."

Austria has good reason to keep his team focused for standing right in front of SMB is GlobalPort, which is stoked by its own pressing agenda going to their collision Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Batang Pier have dropped two in a row and are now teetering on the brink of getting denied inclusion among the top eight teams advancing to the quarterfinals following the 11-game eliminations.

Understandably, GlobalPort would want nothing more than to get back on track with a win which should serve it in good stead going to its final elims assignments against Phoenix , Columbian and Barangay Ginebra.

For its part, SMB is eyeing a fourth straight win that would keep it firmly entrenched at fifthrunning spot.

More wins, not only over GlobalPort but also against TNT, NLEX, Blackwater and Magnolia Ang Pambansang Manok and the Beermen could even contend for a top two slot.

Meanwhile , Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy take off their Gilas shirts and wear their TNT KaTropa jerseys again, and the rest of the Texters look to get going in chase of a Top Two berth as they square off with skidding Magnolia Pambansang Manok in today’s main game.

Before taking a 12-day break to give way to Rosario and Pogoy's participation with Team Phl in the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup, the Texters were on a searing run and among the league leaders at 6-1.

The Texters hope to keep the fire of their romp as they tangle with the Hotshots in their 7 p.m. face-off.

While TNT has won its last three matches, Magnolia, on the other hand, has dropped its last three and is thus now on a shaky spot, tied with GlobalPort at seventh spot with their identical 3-4 win-loss slates.

They are barely up on Phoenix Fuel (3-5) and Barangay Ginebra (2-5) as the Hotshots have gone without a win since the departure of Vernon Macklin.

They hope to do better in their second outing with second import sub Justin Jackson.

In Jackson's debut Sunday, the Hotshots went down to a 99-103 loss to the Alaska Milk Aces.

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