Ginebra vs San Miguel (replay) Sept. 10, 2017

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Huge implications are at stake for defending champion Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and the Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beermen when they face off tonight in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Both teams need a shot in the arm in their 6:45 p.m. contest as they aim to live up to their status as among the teams to beat in the season-ending conference.

The sister teams, though, are carrying contrasting fortunes at this point of the tourney. Ginebra leads the pack at 7-1, unbeaten since opening the conference with a 93-78 loss to Meralco last July 23. But coach Tim Cone believes that beating the Beermen would make their confidence soar even higher.

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However, Beermen mentor Leo Austria has plenty things to worry going into its tussle with Ginebra.

“Ginebra right now is really playing well. For me, they are the team because of the return of Greg Slaughter. At least three bigs sila lagi e, yun ang main concern namin. With this win, I hope yung team namin ma-motivate against Ginebra,” he said.

The Beermen will parade new import Terrence Watson, giving Ginebra a mystery of solve. Cone, though, would rather center his attention on the likes of Chris Ross, June Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot and Arwind Santos – San Miguel’s lethal locals.