Bounce back time

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFour fancied squads coming off losses return to action on Friday, with one of those teams eager to get back on track after losing to the PBA Philippine Cup cellar dweller last week.“We’ve gotten over that,” Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia told the Inquirer over the phone after coming off “the best practice I’ve had with this team,” as the Elasto Painters slug it out with NLEX and their former coach at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “We need to run against their bigs,” Garcia said.Kiefer Ravena, NLEX’s super rookie, will be coming into another game where most defensive guns will be trained on him.Garcia has the tools to throw at the 6-foot Ravena, who erupted for 31 points against Magnolia and is being groomed by Yeng Guiao to be more of a team player.Barangay Ginebra, meanwhile, comes into its 7 p.m. clash with Phoenix Petroleum seeking to put an end to a two-game slide even with cornerstone Greg Slaughter listed as doubtful for the second straight game.The 7-foot Slaughter sat out a 97-83 loss to Alaska last Sunday because of a reported hamstring pull, and if he is still injured, that levels things up a bit against the Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phoenix has one of the league’s deadliest guns in Matthew Wright and has taken a defensive mentality ever since Louie Alas took over as coach at the start of the season.The Fuel Masters are also longing to have a dominant big man with Alas saying that they are “2 to 3 blue-chip players away” from contending with the league’s elite teams.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We were too overconfident against KIA,” he said of the 98-94 loss, which almost made the Painters the butt of league jokes after losing to the team that got blown away by its last three foes by an average of more than 35 points. “I just told my players that those things happen and asked them na huwag na maulit.”The Road Warriors, of all the teams playing, have the longest losing streak at three and, in Garcia’s view, are the favorites in the 4:30 p.m. contest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“They’re a bigger team than us, and if we can’t run, we will be in trouble,” Garcia said of NLEX, which opened up with two straight wins but has tumbled ever since. “Their lineup is superior (than ours) and we’re also hoping that they have an off night.”NLEX, fresh from a 109-98 setback to tournament leader San Miguel Beer, will actually be coming off one of its worthiest performances where it pushed the powerhouse Beermen to the limit. LATEST STORIES Ababa, Paez fire 68, grab Pradera lead Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year View commentslast_img read more