MANILA, Philippines – The Air21 Express are looking to firm up their bid for a spot in the Top Four of the PBA Governors Cup when they play the struggling GlobalPort Batang Pier Wednesday night at the PhilSports Arena.
Air21 is coming off a painful overtime loss at the hands of San Mig Super Coffee last Monday, but can earn their fifth win of the conference and stay in the hunt for a spot in the top four, which will also give them a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarter-finals.
“We need to forget our game versus San Mig and start preparing for our GlobalPort game,” Air21 Coach Franz Pumaren said in a PBA.ph report. “Mental approach is the key element.”
If the Express win against GlobalPort, they will only need to beat the San Miguel Beermen in their next game on Sunday to finish the conference with six wins -- which should be enough for a slot in the top four and a twice-to-beat advantage, according to the PBA website.
GlobalPort, meanwhile, is only hoping to register its second win of the season and stay in contention for a berth in the quarter-finals.
But it is a tall task for the Batang Pier, who have lost five straight games and have not gotten enough solid contributions from their locals to take some pressure off import Dior Lowhorn.
In contrast, Air21 import Dominique Sutton has been ably backed up by not only Asi Taulava, but also Joseph Yeo and Mac Cardona.
Game time is at 5:45 p.m.