(Ynares Center Antipolo)
4:30 p.m. -- NLEX vs. Alaska
7 p.m. -- Magnolia vs. Talk N Text
MAGNOLIA and Alaska Milk, two of three teams in the lead with 7-2 win-loss records, have two chances to clinch quarterfinal bonus in the PBA Governors’ Cup..
But Magnolia coach Chito Victolero and Alaska mentor Alex Compton both want to get the job done as early as tonight when they take on separate opponents fighting for dear life at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
The Hotshots take on Talk N Text in the main game at 7 p.m. while the Aces play NLEX in the curtainraiser at 4:30 p.m.
Victories by both Magnolia and Alaska will enable them to clinch a Top Four finish and a quarterfinal bonus.
But both Victolero and Compton know they are facing a daunting task against two teams -- Talk N Text and NLEX -- which badly need a win to keep their own playoff hopes alive.
“Our fate is in our hands right now,” said Victolero, whose Hotshots are looking to rebound from an 88-94 setback to Meralco last Oct. 19 and clinch win No. 8 in the season-ending tournament.
If Magnolia fails to do it tonight, they will have to try again, but this time against defending champion Barangay Ginebra on Sunday.
“We just have to go for it tonight (against Talk N Text),” added Victolero.
The Tropang Texters, who are gunning for their fifth win in 10 matches, are also badly needing this win in their bid to make the playoff round.
Like the Hotshots, the Texters are also coming into the game still smarting from a 96-107 defeat at the hands of the San Miguel Beer in Calasiao, Pangasinan.
At 4-5, the Texters are locked in a tight battle for the last three quarterfinals berths against the San Miguel (5-4), NLEX (4-5) and Meralco (4-6).
Like Magnolia, Alaska can secure a top four finish with a victory over back-to-the wall NLEX.
“This is a huge game for us because if we win we are guaranteed the twice-to-beat advantage,” said Compton.