Ginebra, San Miguel battle in crucial tilt in Philippine Cup

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The Barangay Ginebra Kings and San Miguel Beermen will clash in a game that will have crucial implications on the upcoming playoffs in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup on Sunday, November 8, at the Angeles University Foundation Sports Arena and Cultural Center in Pampanga.

Tip-off is at 6:45 p.m. in what will be the final game of a quadruple-header on Sunday that starts with Blackwater and Rain or Shine battling one another at 10 a.m. Meralco and TerraFirma will duke it out at 1 p.m. followed by a tiff between the Magnolia Hotshots and the NorthPort Batang Pier at 4 p.m.

Ginebra is coming off an 85-79 win over TNT to put them at the top of the standings at 7-2 (win-loss). In spite of their lofty standing, Ginebra head coach Tim Cone remains wary of the five-time defending Philippine Cup champions.

"They might lose a game or two but they're never in a slump," Cone was quoted as saying on the league’s website. "They can turn it on so easily."

Cone is referring to San Miguel’s recent struggles that dropped them to seventh place and in a must-win games against Ginebra and NorthPort if they want to move on to the next round. The Beermen have suffered consecutive losses at the hands of NLEX and Phoenix.

"I can't think of a worst time to play them after they got beaten badly by another opponent. That's absolutely the worst time to play San Miguel," Cone added.

"We're not looking forward to it, but it's a challenge and we're going to try to take it on," continued Cone. "It only takes a couple of days to rest and they get everything, their legs back," offered Cone. "They're the best team out there."

A victory on Sunday against the Beermen and then, another one versus TerraFirma on Monday, will give Ginebra the top seed and a twice-to-beat advantage over the eighth-seed in the quarterfinals. (JNP)