9 days should be enough for the Gin Kings to get over the trauma
Prediction: Ginebra will win.
The son of Alvin Teng embraces confidence boost heading into battle against the giants
Question: Can Ginebra defend Jeron Teng?
Prediction: Alaska will stun the Gin Kings in Sunday’s game, January 21.
Paul Lee adds another recognition after leading Magnolia to back-to-back wins
Just how good was Paul Lee?
Elites use efficient scoring to dominate the Gin Kings
When you look at the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings who have Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson, you would think that this has been the best Ginebra team that was assembled in the past years and frankly, this Ginebra core has brought wonders to the league’s crowd darlings as they have won two of the last Governors’ Cup championships against all odds. With Slaughter now healthy and Tenorio free of his injury problems, Ginebra looked like a team that will challenge the supremacy of the San Miguel Beermen in the All-Filipino conference after winning their first two games.
Then, the Gin Kings ran head-to-head against the Blackwater Elites who were STRONGLY MOTIVATED to become the first team to beat Ginebra this season. And that’s exactly what happened, folks. In a stunning turn of things, the Elites beat the Gin Kings, 94-77.
What happened? Here are the things that happened:
Good Second and Fourth Quarters
Leo Isaac says the Elites are “STRONGLY MOTIVATED” to beat Ginebra
Question: Can the Elites actually beat the Gin Kings fair and square?
Key to victory for the Elites: Bench Production
Prediction: Ginebra will win against Blackwater.
Free agent Devance says he is staying with Barangay Ginebra
Pros: Versatility and Flexibility
Cons: Fewer Minutes for New Guys. And fewer Opportunities
GlobalPort Falters in the 4th Quarter
Twin Towers Displayed Full Strength
Fourth Quarter Composure
June Mar Fajardo might be a 4-time MVP but GregZilla got the numbers in his favor.
What a year it has been for the PBA.
The Standhardinger Saga
The Chito Narvasa Stand-off
Ginebra’s Back-to-Back Governors’ Cup Championships
Slaughter slaughters Magnolia with a huge double-double performance.
Shooting Well and Defending Well
A Wheeler’s Opinion: SMB’s star power will dominate anew
- San Miguel Beermen
- Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings
- Talk N Text KaTropa
Question: who will win it all?
Fans will finally get the answers once the season kicks off next week
Who will be the PBA Commissioner come December 17, 2017?
Will San Miguel win a Grand Slam this time?
Who will win the Rookie of the Year?
And PBA fans should expect more from one of the league’s most hyped rookies
Big crowd expected on Christmas Day
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Joe Devance’s absence will be huge
How will this affect Ginebra?
Just how good Helterbrand was in his prime years?
6 Championships. And More
577 Games in 17 Years
The Fast and the Furious: A Brotherhood Never to be Broken
Just what went well for the Gin Kings in last night’s Game 7?
Tinyete’s 26 Points= Another Finals MVP Award
50% Field Goal Shooting: The Less. The Better
55 Points for Ginebra’s Giants
And they survived a furious 4th comeback from the Bolts
After six games, no championship trophy was hoisted into the air. Yet.
After six games, the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings couldn’t use their size advantage to the fullest.
After six games, the Meralco Bolts couldn’t hit their target. Consistently.
After six games, the series is still tied at 3-3 and that’s why we’re heading to a Game 7 so they can finally decide who will take home the PBA Governors’ Cup championship.
Ginebra Imposed Early Dominance
The defending champions started Game 7 with a 5-0 scoring blast as Meralco found it difficult to find the basket as the latter went scoreless until Allen Durham scored on a pair of charities 2 minutes into the game as he later added a lay-up to make it 7-4, in favor of the Gin Kings. Ginebra’s lead never reached beyond 5 points during the first 6 minutes of the opening quarter as Meralco was able to slice it down to 1, at 12-11. Compared to Game 6 when they were shooting miserably from deep, Ginebra already have 3 three-pointers made during that span- 2 from LA Tenorio.
Turnovers have began to hit the Bolts’ offense as evident by Baser Amer who have the ball tipped by Scottie Thompson as the latter dished the ball to Japeth Aguilar for an easy lay-up to make 21-14, with under 3 minutes to play in the 1st quarter as Ginebra ended the first quarter on top, 27-19 with LA Tenorio leading the way for the Gin Kings.
Ginebra continued with their efforts to break the game wide open as LA Tenorio later hit another long bomb and Scottie Thompson added another lay-up to give their team, a 9-point advantage, 4 minutes into the second quarter as Norman Black called a timeout. Mark Caguioa scored on a floater and Justin Brownlee added another inside to make it 42-29 as the Bolts struggled to get anything on their offense. Ginebra’s lead later ballooned to 19 as Caguioa and Greg Slaughter took turns in scoring on the inside which led to another Meralco timeout with under 4 minutes to go before intermission. The champs held a huge 52-37 lead into the break as Meralco acted as if they needed a halftime filled with rants from Norman Black because their offense in the first half was a mess, really.
The Halftime Numbers
Meralco’s Struggles Continued
The Numbers that Mattered in the End
Tenorio 26, Brownlee 23, Thompson 14, Slaughter 12, J. Aguilar 10, Devance 10, Caguioa 4, Ferrer 2
Durham 26, Dillinger 20, Hodge 14, Newsome 11, Caram 9, Hugnatan 7, Amer 6, Lanete 3
27-19, 52-36, 81-64, 101-96
Ginebra faltered. And Meralco pounded on
Reynel Hugnatan: The Old Man’s Still Shooting
Ginebra was Out-REBOUNDED
Ginebra’s Bad Habit: Turnovers
Meralco led all game along and held on in the 4th
Meralco’s Locals Sparked Early On
After Ginebra cut the lead down to 5, at 15-10, the Bolts answered right back with their scoring run of their own to put up a 9-point lead. Another trey from Lanete gave Meralco their first taste of a double-digit advantage, at 25-14 as Ginebra mysteriously struggled to get anything going on offense. Meralco held a 29-17 after the first 12 minutes of action as Lanete already have 8 points under his name as he nailed 2 of Meralco’s 4 threes to start the game.
The Digits at the Half
Meralco Regained its Rthym
One Last Push for Ginebra (?)
The Digits that Mattered
Failure to do these things might force a Game 7. Might
Limit Allen Durham’s Output
What to do?
The Guards Must Step Up
What to do?
Shut Down Meralco Early On
And Allen Durham was all alone. Again
50 Points in the Paint for Ginebra
33 Attempts from Rainbow Country
Greg Slaughter Monster Performance proved that he’s worthy of the BPC award
17 Points: A Proof of Offensive Strength
16 Rebounds: A Show of Height Advantage
6 Blocks: A Clear Sign of Defensive Might
Greg Slaughter proved why he is the Best Player of the Conference
There are two reasons why this best-of-7 series needed a Game 5 at the Philippine Arena. One: Ginebra won first two games. Second: they lost the next two against the smaller Bolts.
Historically speaking, whoever wins Game 5 when the series is tied at 2-2 will go on to win the championship. After Game 5, one team will go home needing to only win the next game to finally win it all.
They established an 18-point lead in the second quarter. They allowed Meralco to come back and even momentarily take the lead in the third quarter. In the end, the defending champions, Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings were able to regain control in the 4th quarter and consequently, regain the lead in the series as they won 85-74 over the Meralco Bolts, only needing one more win to clinch the championship.
Tinyente is Back!
The Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings started Game 5 with a 6-0 run, 4 points from LA Tenorio who was held scoreless in Game 4. The Meralco Bolts, like they were in the previous four games of the series, were struggling to put the ball into the basket for the first 4 minutes of the first quarter until Allen Durham made the Bolts’ first basket with a contested lay-up. The defending champs held a 6-point cushion during most of the opening quarter until Meralco started chipping away and cut down the deficit at 12-10 on Cliff Hodge’s lay-up with under 4 minutes to play, leading to a Ginebra timeout. Right after a Ginebra miss, Reynel Hugnatan drained an open three-pointer to give Meralco its first taste of the lead, something LA Tenorio did on the other end to make it 15-13 in the favor of the crowd darlings. Ginebra held onto the lead, at 21-15 to finish the first quarter. LA Tenorio exploded for 9 points after going 0 of 7 in the previous game.
Ginebra’s Second Quarter Rampage
Greg Slaughter and Mark Caguioa teamed up in the opening minutes of the second quarter to give Ginebra an 11-point lead as the Bolts settled for mostly outside shots which were missing the mark, terribly. A three-pointer from Joe Devance made it 29-15 which forced a timeout from Norman Black as his team was held scoreless for almost 3 minutes.Chris Newsome finally broke the Bolts’ silence with a long one from deep.
Meralco Charged Back
Meralco went on a scoring run which was highlighted by an Allen Durham Dunk to trim down the champs’ lead to 11, at 35-24. Then, Garvo Lanete drained a rare long one for Meralco to bring the Bolts with 7, at 36-29 with 2:11 on the clock. Jared Dillinger hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the first half to trim the deficit to 42-35 at the intermission
The Numbers at the Break
Meralco’s Electrifying Third Quarter
Ginebra Regained Control. For Good
However, a 3-point play from Justin Brownlee and a pair of charities from Greg Slaughter put the Gin Kings up, 79-70 as Norman Black was already complaining about the calls from the officials. A Greg Slaughter basket gave a double-digit lead for the Gin Kings as Meralco was beginning to go back to their bad habit of fading away late in the game. LA Tenorio later scored on the inside to give Ginebra a 13-point advantage heading into the final 2 minutes of the game.