ONLY ONE WILL BE ADVANCED Christian Standhardinger (left) of Barangay Ginebra and Vic Manuel of Phoenix will try to lead their respective teams to victory today to catch the final bus to the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs. PBA FILE PHOTO

Game today (DHVSU Gym, Bacolor, Pampanga) 4:35 pm Ginebra vs. Phoenix

After Barangay Ginebra and Phoenix Super LPG had solid campaigns at the bubble tournament last year, they are fighting for it in the PBA Philippine Cup Survive.

They collide one last time today, September 25th. The winner can fight one more day in the playoffs and the loser gets an early vacation.

Last year the Gin Kings ruled the Philippine Cup, their second championship in a row in the league.

The Fuel Masters, however, outperformed reaching the semi-finals and ending the championship round with a win.

This year’s campaign had become a battle for the Gin Kings and the Fuel Masters, and it will literally and figuratively win or go home when they come around Competing against each other at 4:35 p.m.

It will be tough for Tim Cone and the embattled Gin Kings without key players Japeth Aguilar and Scottie Thompson.

Aguilar still suffers from an MCL injury while Thompson agrees with The league’s health and safety protocols have been paused.

“The guys are still working hard in training. We’re a little understaffed, but the players know their commitment to de n Ginebra fans and still ready to go to battle, “Cone wrote in a text message to the Manila Times.

The team was one of the busiest squads in the off-season and has key players Vic Manuel and Chris Banchero and three high-quality rookies with Larry Muyang, Nick Demusis and Aljun Melecio added.

Phoenix coach Topex Robinson hopes the team can learn the lessons from their 87-94 loss to Ginebra on September 15. In this game the Fuel Masters led by up to 19 points, but still lost to the Gin Kings.

“We have learned a lot from this loss. We have to control our emotions and not let them influence our decisions.” added Robinson.