Game 3 reaches boiling point as TNT Coach Racela and Ginebra Al Francis Chua Get into a heated verbal exchange.
(writer: Patrick Jethro Amparado)
Game 1 slip in the hands of Ginebra via OT loss to Meralco. Here are the 3 important things for them to tie the series.
1. Defense: Defense is one of the best weapon of Ginebra coming into game 1. Ranked number 1 in that category in the playoffs. That defense was not there in game 1, allowing Meralco to score 114 points. If they want to manage to tie the series, they need to tighten up their D.
2. Justin Brownlee: Argueably one of the best import in the conference. But it was not evident in game 1 as he was outplayed by Allen Durham. Brownlee managed to score 17 points only, a far cry of his average. He needs to be aggressive attacking and defending Allen Durham.
3. Scottie Thompson: The priced rookie from Digos, Davao del Norte and the hero of their Game 5 win against SMB. This kid should stay aggressive offensively and defensively if they want to win Game 2.
Staring at 17 point deficit midway of the 1st half, Ginebra composed themselves at the second half and unleashed a big comeback to frustrate the Star Hotshot anew.
The first half is all about Star dominance with the help of their import, Joel Wright and good contribution by their bench players. But the Gin Kings finally awakens in the third canto and took the lead, 78-76 after the frame.
The pivotal point of the game was the opening salvo of the final quarter which Jervy Cruz dominated and scored 6 straight points to give Ginebra a comfortable lead. And since then, it was all about Ginebra.
Ginebra was led by Justin Brownlee with 38 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists while Japeth Aguilar, who named Best Player of the Game collects 21 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assists.
Star was led by Joel Wright with 31 points and Peter June Simon with 22 points.
GINEBRA: 116 – Brownlee 38, Aguilar 21, Mercado 14, Tenorio 13, Cruz 8, Caguioa 8, Thompson 6, Marcelo 4, Mariano 2, Devance 2, Helterbrand 0.
STAR: 103 – Wright 31, Simon 22, Pingris 13, Garcia 10, Barroca 9, Yap 9, Melton 5, Sangalang 2, Maliksi 2, Reavis 0, Pascual 0.
Scoring by Quarters: 21-33, 50-58, 78-76, 116-103