Express Seek Share Of Lead

Air21 hopes to forge a three-way tie for the early lead when it shoots for a second win against powerhouse Talk 'N Text while Globalport and Ginebra try to settle their issue on the court today in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Buoyed by their 74-70 win over Ginebra last Sunday, the Express are determined to follow it up when they clash with the Tropang Texters at 5:15 p.m.

While Air21 is coming off a rousing win, the Texters are still nursing a 99-92 defeat to sister team Meralco.

The three-time Philippine Cup champions, however, are expected to start strong this time as they are aching to redeem themselves from that setback.

Another win by Air21 would put the Express in the company of surprise leaders Barako Bull and Alaska Milk.

But focus will in the 7:30 p.m. tussle between Globalport (1-1) and Ginebra - two teams that fought fiercely for the services of 6-foot-10 Japeth Aguilar.

A couple of days before the start of the conference, there were still reports that Globalport will ship the controversial player to Ginebra.

The 'blockbuster' trade did not materialize, though, and for now, the Kings will have to deal against the high-leaping Aguilar and the rest of the Batang Pier.

So far after two games in his return to the PBA after missing the previous Philippine Cup, Aguilar is showing what he can really do when given the opportunity to play longer minutes. He is averaging 19.5 points, 9.5 rebounds with 2 shot blocks.

Aguilar was obtained by the Mikee Romero-owned franchise from Talk 'N Text in a one-on-one trade for Rabeh Al-Hussaini.

The 25-year-old Aguilar collected 23 points and 10 boards in their last game where Globalport blew a 10-point advantage with two minutes left in regulation play before losing to Barako Bull in overtime, 98-88, last Saturday.

"It's a bitter lesson last game. It's never really over 'til it's over," said Globalport coach Junel Baculi.

"We need to get the bench involved, because in the PBA, we can never win with a short rotation. Ginebra is still Mark Caguioa's team. We will try to contain him. Also, their import might have a break. So, we will be on d look out for that," added Baculi.

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