Kia to get first taste of Gov’s Cup without playing-coach Pacquiao

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 06, 2015 09:48 AM
Kia to get first taste of Gov’s Cup without Pacquiao
GIANT-SLAYERS. Kia willl get San Miguel, the team they beat for their first franchise win, as their initial match-up in the 2015 PBA Governor's Cup.

Games on Wednesday at the MOA Arena

4:15 PM – Barako Bull vs NLEX

7:00 PM – Kia vs San Miguel

Playing-coach Manny Pacquiao may still be healing up from his megabout with Floyd Mayweather Jr., but that won’t stop Kia from continuing its giant-slaying ways in the 2015 PBA Governor’s Cup.

Hoping to give their playing-coach a morale-boosting victory, the Carnival aim to upset powerhouse San Miguel Beermen for the second time in a row on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Tip-off is at 7:00 PM.

The rookie franchise scored their first win at the expense of the Beermen, 88-78, during the last conference. Former import PJ Ramos was a literally big difference as not even June Mar Fajardo was able to contain him.

However, the hulking Puerto Rican will not be playing in the PBA this conference because of prior commitments in his native country. The good news for the Carnival is that Ramos fouled out with still five minutes left and it was an All-Filipino crew that closed out their first franchise win.

Kia is also banking on two imports, Senegalese Hamady N’Diaye and Taiwanese Jet Chang, to combine to provide the same impact Ramos had.

On the other hand, San Miguel will lean on the same lineup that finished the last conference at 3-1 to avoid another upset at the hands of the Carnival.

Arizona Reid returns to reinforce the Fajardo-powered squad hoping that more rest and preparation will translate into a return to title contention.

Meanwhile, the NLEX Road Warriors and the Barako Bull Energy are both looking for their own strong starts to the conference when they meet at 4:15 PM.

NLEX had to overcome a 0-3 start in the last conference to earn the best finish in team history. American Kwame Alexander and Syrian Michael Madanly will be helping the Road Warriors in coupling a strong finish with a strong start this time around.

Conversely, Barako Bull got off to a hot 3-0 start before cooling off in the last conference. Aiding the Energy in sustaining their winning ways this time around will be Canadian Liam McMorrow along with new faces Dylan Ababou and James Forrester.

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