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first_imgRead Next San Miguel Beer tries to seal one of the top two slots when it squares off against a struggling Kia squad Friday, even as Rain or Shine and Alaska mix it up in another crucial duel in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Beermen will miss reigning Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo and guard Alex Cabagnot as they gun for their ninth win in 11 games in the 4:30 p.m. match against the Picanto.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:33San Miguel will only get better01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Fresh off a 12-day break, the Elasto Painters resume their chase for a Top 2 finish that will give them a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals.Rain or Shine has won its last three games against Meralco, NLEX and Magnolia and Alaska coach Alex Compton acknowledged that beating the Painters will be a daunting task even after they traded Jericho Cruz to TNT for rookie Sidney Onwubere and Kris Rosales.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Rain or Shine is playing some of their best basketball right now and they have had almost two weeks to prepare for us,” said Compton.“I am sure they are ready and we will have to defend their excellent offense and cover a lot of ground defensively if we want to win.” View comments Cabagnot has been sidelined by a foot injury since late last month, but there’s no shortage of gunners for the Beermen with Chico Lanete stepping up.The Picanto showed plenty of fight before dropping a 108-91 decision to GlobalPort on Wednesday. Go for Gold shocks CEU John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Although they are already out of the running in the race for the Top 2, the Aces, with a 6-4 slate, are raring to end a two-game slide in the 7 p.m. duel.The Elasto Painters’ other assignments to end the elimination round include San Miguel and Barangay Ginebra with a sweep propelling them to the top 2.Beermen coach Leo Austria hopes his wards will be on their toes as Kia, even with its sorry1-9 record, could give them problems with Fajardo, who is still with Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba World Cup Qualifiers, unavailable for San Miguel Beer.Fajardo is averaging a league-best 23.2 points on top of 13.67 rebounds an outing.“Of course our target is the top 2 finish so we can’t take Kia for granted,” said Austria. “But of course, it’s better to get that No. 1 seed to have that confidence boost and momentum heading into the playoffs.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatuslast_img