Barangay Ginebra tries to avoid starting 0-3 as they face the powerhouse Petron Blaze Boosters. After dropping its first two assignments, Ginebra doesn’t want to put themselves in this hole. Anchoring Petron in the middle is NBA veteran Renaldo Bakman, Junmar Fajardo and Arwind Santos. Balkman, the former first round pick of the New York Knicks in the 2006 draft, is currently averaging 23.5 points and 17 rebounds in 2 Petron games.

Petron is missing the services of Chris Lutz and PBA 2-time MVP Danny Ildefonso due to injuries. While Ginebra’s Dylan Ababou is still recovering from the Torn ACL he suffered last conference.

This will be the last game of Herbert Hill for the team as Ginebra decided to go sign NBA D-league veteran Vernon Macklin. Might as well leave with a win for Hill.

La Tenorio is having a hard time scoring this conference (photo credit: Nuki Sabio, InterAKTV)

La Tenorio is having a hard time scoring this conference
(photo credit: Nuki Sabio, InterAKTV)

Keys to the game:

1. Caguioa for the win – Caguioa has been on a tear lately averaging 23 points in Ginebra’s two outings. He will again need to carry the team’s struggling offense. He will need to do it against two of the league’s best perimeter defenders in Ronald Tubid and Marcio Lassiter. It’s been tough for Caguioa but he needs to do it to avoid Ginebra from 0-3 start.

2. The battle of energy – These two teams have one thing in common – they have players who have a ton of energy. Ginebra has Hatfield, Wilson, Maiehofer and Ellis while Petron has Balkman, Tubid and Santos. The team which rebounds more, dives more and run more has a chance. In short, the team who wants it will get it.

3. Gin-eral must take charge – LA Tenorio has been ordinary this conference. The reason why Ginebra wanted him because he’s a difference maker. Yes he’s one of the reason for Ginebra’s poor start. He needs to play a good game more than anyone.

Key Match-up:

Battle of the Point Guards – Its LA Tenorio vs. Alex Cabagnot. LA has only made 2 field goals in two games while Cabagnot has his team going with his leadership. Cabagnot is averaging 13 points per contest while LA is averaging 5.5 points per outing.