Torrid Giants battle Beermen; Air21-Coke up
Last updated 01:33am (Mla time) 11/03/2006
Published on Page A25 of the November 3, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer
SIZZLING-HOT Purefoods and San Miguel Beer, sister teams which have basically traced the same path in the first month of the Talk ‘N Text PBA Philippine Cup, part ways tonight at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
Winners of their last three games after uninspiring starts, the Beermen and defending champion Chunkee Giants slug it out in the 7:20 p.m. game with the winner claiming the tournament’s longest winning streak and creeping closer behind the leaders.
Struggling Air21 and Coca-Cola collide in the 4:35 p.m. match.
The Express, in eighth place with a 2-4 win-loss card, clash with the Tigers (3-4) minus their so-called “Energizer Bunny” after dealing away Ronald Tubid to Barangay Ginebra last week for a song.
Air21’s running game is undoubtedly one of the best -- if not the best -- in the tournament and Tubid, who was swapped for three future Rookie Draft rights to the Gin Kings, was easily a great contributor to that cause.
Purefoods coach Ryan Gregorio expects the Giants to be fully recharged following their taxing schedule before the brief Halloween break.
The Giants played three games in a seven-day span last week, one of them a classic triple overtime thriller over Talk ‘N Text that was sandwiched by wins over Sta. Lucia Realty and Coca-Cola.
“Certainly, it (rest) was good for the players,” Gregorio said.
The Beermen also welcomed the short respite with two key players still not in game shape and two recent additions still to fully blend with their new teammates.
Danny Ildefonso was sent back into action after sitting out the first five games; Danny Seigle is nearing perfect health; and new acquisitions Rommel Adducul and Lordy Tugade found more time to work out with the Beermen. -- Musong Castillo