WITH a three-game losing streak, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters will have to play with a sense of urgency when they take on defending champion TNT Tropang Giga today, June 23, in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Center. . in the town of Antipolo.
Since winning their season opener, Rain or Shine have lost three straight, dropping the Elasto Painters to the bottom half of the tag team standings.
Now the Elasto Painters must get back up and try to get back on the winning track. The Tropang Giga stand in their way, looking to claim their fourth win in six games.
Game time is 7:15 p.m. just before the match between NorthPort and Meralco at 5:15 p.m.
Reigning Rookie of the Year Mikey Williams has returned home but has yet to join the Tropang Giga pending the finalization of his restructured deal with TNT.
Williams attended the PBA Press Corps awards night on Tuesday where he received the scoring championship plum. He was also a member of the Order of Merit for winning the most Most Game’s Most Valuable Player and Team All-Rookie awards, where he was joined by Jamie Malonzo, Joshua Munzon, Calvin Oftana and Leonard. Santillian.
TNT head coach Chot Reyes and team manager Jojo Lastimosa have seen progress in team talks with Williams and it will only be a matter of time before the former NBA player D-League 6-foot-2 does not join the team.
Williams was instrumental in TNT winning the Philippine Cup last season.
For the Elasto Painters, it’s all about getting everyone in sync and while the team is still considered a work in progress, Rain or Shine’s humble goal is to try and get as many kills as possible.
Meanwhile, NorthPort and Meralco are trying to get back to winning ways after both teams had tasted separate defeats.
In fact, Batang Pier had lost back-to-back games, including the last – a 97-90 defeat at the hands of vastly improving Blackwater Bossing, in an emotionally charged encounter that saw the NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio bumping his counterpart. , Ariel Vanguardia during post-game banter.
Jarencio was fined 20,000 pesos for his behavior.
The Bolts, meanwhile, lost 78-71 to Tropang Giga as Aaron Black missed the game with a hand injury. The second-generation cager, who was Meralco’s top performer in the recent series of finals against Ginebra, will remain a questionable starter today.
Games today (Ynares Center, Antipolo)
5:15 p.m. NorthPort vs. Meralco
7:15 p.m. Rain or shine vs. TNT