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Jul 9, 2022

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Blackwater goes for its fourth straight win on Friday when it tackles Phoenix Super LPG in the PBA 47th Season Philippine Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The Bossing look to improve on their 4-1 win-loss record in their clash against the Fuel Masters at 3 p.m.

Blackwater has been the biggest surprise of the conference with only San Miguel (7-1) and Barangay Ginebra (6-1) holding better records than the Bossing in the team standings.

However, the Bossing will now face a tough schedule this month as they aim to continue their winning ways and enter the playoffs.

The test starts with Phoenix, a team that is in search of a playoff berth and is trying to end a three-game-losing skid and improve on their 2-5 win-loss slate.

“We have an unbelievable June. Nevertheless, come July, we have a hell of July. It’s really nothing to celebrate,” said Blackwater coach Ariel Vanguardia.

Blackwater will once again lean on the likes of Jvee Casio and rookie Ato Ular, recently named Player of the Week, for the contest against the Fuel Masters, a team that shares ninth place with NorthPort.

In the second game, Magnolia also aims for its fourth straight win as it faces Terrafirma at 6 p.m.

The Hotshots are coming off an 87-73 win over NLEX on Saturday to stay in fifth place in the team standings with a 4-3 win-loss record.

In that win, Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon spearheaded the team to victory with their defense following a huge third-quarter attack to frustrate the Road Warriors.

Terrafirma is still winless in seven games after dropping a 106-82 decision over Barangay Ginebra last Wednesday, and the next match will be crucial to their hopes of entering the quarterfinals.

Barangay Ginebra on the other hand, heard an earful from its senior statesman following a struggling win over Terrafirma on Wednesday night in the PBA Philippine Cup.

LA Tenorio gave the Kings a piece of his mind at halftime at the Smart Araneta Coliseum as they found themselves trailing the lowly Dyip, 50-48.

Tenorio stressed to the team that they do not stand a chance against defending champion TNT Giga or even Meralco if the Kings played as badly as they did against the Dyip – at least for the last five minutes of the third period onwards.

“Yun ang medyo nakaka-frustrate lang kanina. We have to magkaroon pa ng wake-up call na tinatawag. Pwede bang wala ng wake-up call?” said Tenorio.

“Again if we played like that gaya ng sinabi ko on Sunday, baka second quarter pa lang mag-uwian na tayo. Really. If we played like that in the first half against TNT or Meralco, we’re not gonna survive.”

The Kings, tied with San Miguel Beermen on top with similar 6-1 records, are set to meet the Tropang Giga this Sunday and the Bolts on Wednesday.

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