PBA:  TIGERS  OUT TO  BOUNCE  BACK  VS  KINGS

MANILA, March 31, 2006 (MALAYA) BY NOLI CORTEZ - THE last time out, Coca-Cola was caught with its guard down.

Expect no such slip-up on the Tigersí part, however, when they take on the skidding Ginebra Kings today in the Gran Matador Brandy-PBA Philippine Cup at the Astrodome.

"We took the night off," said Coca-Cola coach Binky Favis after his team lost 82-100 to Talk N Text last Sunday.

"We knew every team was gunning for us and yet we lost focus. We canít afford that. We must come out to play every night," he added.

Never mind the rest of the field. The Tigers are going up against a team that may have lost three straight games, but are very capable of bouncing back.

There are already signs the defending champions are starting to snap out of their doldrums.

Although the Kings dropped a 98-109 decision to Air21 a week ago, their output almost approximated the 115-point total they amassed in their two previous losses.

Giving coach Siot Tan-quingcen the most hope is the resurgence of Eric Menk, who scored 22 points and hauled down 10 rebounds against the Express after averaging just four points in losses to San Miguel Beer and Purefoods Chunkee.

If Romel Adducul, averaging just 3.3 points in their last three games, finds his old form and makes a major contribution, Tanquingcen will have an additional weapon in his arsenal to join Menk, Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand.

The second game pitting Fiesta Conference finalists Red Bull and Purefoods should be equally dandy, with each team eyeing a share of second-running spot alongside idle SMB


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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