Philippine Cup title protagonists San Miguel Beer and TNT slug it out Sunday in what could well be a dogfight in their last outing prior to their Japan trip for their East Asia Super League Champions Week participation.
Before vying for the EASL crown, the Beermen and the Tropang Giga seek to fortify their bids for a Top 4 spot in the PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations.
They clash at 6:45 p.m. at PhilSports Arena in Pasig, disputing solo lead at 8-1 with the loser to yield crucial ground at 7-2.
Then they take a break in PBA action, returning to play only in the last two play dates of the single-round-robin elims on March 15 and 17.
The Beermen close their elims stint versus NLEX and Rain or Shine while the Tropang Giga have NorthPort and Barangay Ginebra as last assignments.
With their identical 7-1 slates, both are assured of spots in the post-elims play. Each side, however, are determined to push their drives towards a Top 4 finish and a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals.
And thus they duke it out in a virtual playoff duel.
Both ride hot momentum going to their match, with the Beermen making a quick turnaround and winning their last two outings after an upset by the Converge FiberXers.