LA Tenório is “grateful for another chance to play”. —PBA IMAGES

Barangay Ginebra and San Miguel Beer want nothing more than to make amends for their recent defeats and start a busy Christmas week with a victory.

The sister teams face off at 8pm on Friday, each looking to improve their standings and move them out of the middle of the PBA Commissioner's Cup field.

Ginebra's 4-2 (win-loss) record is good for fourth in the current standings after an out-of-town loss to Phoenix over the weekend in San Jose, Batangas. San Miguel fell to 3-3 after back-to-back losses, the most recent against undefeated leader Magnolia.

Both teams are also dealing with injuries, with Ginebra missing Scottie Thompson for the last two games and Jamie Malonzo recently returning from a wrist injury against Phoenix.

San Miguel, however, has the biggest dilemma of being without June Mar Fajardo, Terrence Romeo, Jeron Teng, Vic Manuel, Simon Enciso and debutant Kyt Jimenez.

First chance

But the Beermen solved their manpower issues by acquiring Don Trollano from NorthPort in a three-way trade that began when the unassuming two-way player was shipped by NLEX, which grabbed NorthPort's Robert Bolick.

Trollano will have the first chance to prove he is a good fit for the San Miguel team, which will play two games in three days for the second week in a row.

San Miguel also faces TNT on Sunday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City, a game that precedes the Christmas Day clash with Phoenix.

Ginebra will take on Meralco in third place on December 22, then meet with TNT to close out the league's Christmas Day extravaganza.

TNT also faces Blackwater on Friday at 4 p.m.


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