The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the TNT Tropang Giga at 6:45 PM on November 6, 2020, live from the AUF Sports Arena and Cultural Center in Angeles City, Pampanga.
Barangay Ginebra hurdled NorthPort Batang Pier, 112-100, to claim its sixth victory in the PBA bubble.
Stanley Pringle scored 17 points anchored on five triples, leading a balanced offensive by the Kings that was far from the ideal form but still more than enough for the hapless Batang Pier to match.
Aljon Mariano added 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists off the bench for Ginebra. LA Tenorio finished with 13 points and 7 assists, Aguilar had 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Scottie Thompson tallied 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 assists.
With its second straight win, Ginebra not only tied TNT for the lead and joined the Tropang Giga as early entrants to the eight-team quarterfinals.
Meanwhile, despite mounting repeated uprisings, TNT was still defeated by the Magnolia Hotshots, 102-92, who battled relentlessly and moved up to solo eighth place.
After winning their first five games in the conference, TNT has now lost two of their last three assignments. They were coming off a huge 112-87 blowout of NorthPort the night before, but could not carry that momentum to the second game of a back-to-back.
Parks finished with 29 points and 12 rebounds, while Castro had 25 points. But Troy Rosario had only six markers, and Roger Pogoy got only seven points — both conference-low outputs for them.
TNT still remains at the top of the league standings with their 6-2 win-loss slate.
Tim Cone and his Ginebra squad are looking for a third straight win and a 7-2 record that would push them to the tourney’s loftiest spot and closer to a coveted top-four spot, which carries with it a twice-to-beat advantage in the eight-team quarterfinals.
“Right now we’re just really looking at the top six (teams) and our head to head. If we can beat them then that gives us a good chance for the top four. Right now it’s just a head-to-head game with TNT,” said Cone.
“It’s going to be a real contrast in styles when we play them. One is not necessarily better than the other. It’s really going to come down to who will execute,” added Cone.