WHAT THE GAME MEANS:
Absolutely nothing to Global Port. But the Batang Pier can act as a dangerous Express playoff party pooper and play loose with nothing to lose. For sure, as they’ve always done, they will come on strong like ganbusters and give Pumaren’s troops a hard time. The question is, will they get beat in the last few minutes of the game again?
For Air 21, the game means almost everything. If they get the W they’ll finish the eliminations with a 5-9 record and a foot into the playoffs. That’s one win ahead of the 4 and 9 Barako Bull Energy who draws a heavy puncher, ROS, as its last assignment. If they get the L, the Express will just make their lives tougher and they’d have to pray that the Extra Rice Inc. will eat right on Friday against Barako.
WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR:
Air 21’s running game. Global Port will miss a lot of shots and chances are they’ll turn the ball over 20 times. So everyone on the Express has to put on their track kicks and run like Forrest with Mike Cortez. The goal is for Mark Isip and KG Canaleta to get to the offensive side of the court faster than Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Willie Miller — that doesn’t sound hard at all.
Global Port’s defense or lack thereof. Batang Pier has been giving up 104ppg in its last three games and Coach Franz knows that it’s easier to score on the Batang Pier defense than to take a candy away from Bondying.
WHO TO WATCH OUT FOR:
If on Wednesday you notice Willie Miller’s eyebrows going hard at each other and his forehead folded like a Chinese Sharpei’s (ominous signs that he’s focused), watch out. He planned to be a party spoiler that night. It can be that or he’ll be smiling while running back on D.
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