Champion Beermen clash with Blackwater to open 2017

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 06, 2017 07:09 AM
Champion Beermen clash with Blackwater to open 2017
Chris Ross and the rest of the San Miguel Beermen start 2017 eyeing another victory that would make them the early favorites for a playoff bonus.

Following a much-needed holiday break, action in the PBA Philippine Cup continues Friday with two-time defending champion San Miguel Beer looking to pick up where it left off from 2016.

The champs, with a league-leading 5-1 record, are looking to start the year right against the surprising Blackwater Elite.

Winners of their last four, another victory by the Beermen would put them 1.5 games ahead of the nearest competition, making an early run at the playoffs and a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, the Elite are out to bounce back following a Christmas nightmare after losing to the previously winless Mahindra Floodbuster in overtime.

A win by Blackwater in that game, which they led by 15 points in the fourth quarter, would have made the Ever Bilena franchise a top 2 team entering 2017. However, the Elite now settle with a 4-3 record heading into a matchup against the red-hot Beermen.

Gametime is set at 7:00 p.m. at the MOA Arena.

In the first game at 4:15 p.m., both Globalport and Meralco have the chance to erase some bitter holiday memories as both squads sqaure off following separate losing skids.

After an impressive 3-1 start, the Batang Pier lost two games over in one week around Christmas that pust back to .500 with a 3-3 record.

Meanwhile, the Bolts' Philippine Cup struggles appear to have resurfaced as Meralco has lost three in a row for a 2-4 mark.

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