Mike Cortez is reunited with his college coach in Air21
Air21 and Barako Bull clash in PBA Philippine Cup
The Air21 Express are seeking redemption when they face Barako Bull in the PBA Philippine Cup on Friday.
The Express lost to the Bulls 87-90 in their opening game this season. Air21 has a 2-5 record but is coming off a 97-76 demolition of fancied Petron Blaze last Friday.
Mark Isip topscored with 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds while back-up center Rob Reyes tallied 17 points and six boards against his former club.
Niño Canaleta also made his presence felt after finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds.Bonbon Custodio also had 12 points while Nelbert Omolon chipped in 11.
Meanwhile, Air21 boosted its backcourt with the acquisition of Mike Cortez. The 31 year-old guard rejoined the Express from Ginebra after being traded for rookie center Yousef Taha. Cortez, the top pick in the 2003 PBA Rookie Draft, will be united with his college coach Franz Pumaren at Air21.
Barako is also coming off a win to improve to 3-5. They slipped past Globalport 95-94 last Sunday to end their three-game skid. Back to lead Barako is athletic guard Ronald Tubid, who made the game-winning basket against the Batang Pier.
He should get support from veteran big men Enrico Villanueva and Mick Pennisi. Boosting Barako's frontline are workhorses Sean Anthony and Doug Kramer. Joining Tubid in the backcourt are Josh Urbiztondo and Roger Yap.
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