Christmas Clasico headlines Philippine Arena twin bill

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 24, 2016 01:25 PM
Christmas Clasico headlines Philippine Arena twin bill
The annual Philippine Cup tradition continues this year and it looks to be different from all the others as the PBA makes only its second trip to the massive Bulacan stadium in history.

In what should be the biggest Manila Classico of recent memory, Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel and Star clash in a highly-anticipated Christmas Day bout at the Philippine Arena on Sunday with both teams looking to make their respective holidays a little brighter.

The annual Philippine Cup tradition continues this year and it looks to be different from all the others as the PBA makes only its second trip to the massive Bulacan stadium in history.

Coming in with a three-game winning streak, the Hotshots go for a share of solo second and at the same time, avenge their last-second loss from last year against the Gin Kings.

Following two straight defeats, Paul Lee and co. have been unstoppable as of late and are looking to end 2016 with a bang.

On the other side, after winning the 2016 Governors' Cup, Ginebra has been consistently inconsistent in the Philippine Cup so far, going 2-3 after five games including a blowout at the hands of Alaska in their last outing.

However, much like LA Tenorio's game-winner a year ago, the Gin Kings are banking on some Christmas magic to turn their season around.

Game time is set at 5:00 p.m.

In the first game at 3:00 p.m., Mahindra and Blackwater Elite face off in a rematch of their first PBA games two years ago.

In the opening of the PBA's 40th season, whic also took place at the Philippine Arena, the then Kia Sorento beat Blackwater in their first official PBA game.

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