Jayjay Helterbrand celebrates his birthday in Araneta in game 4

The Kentucky state standout, born in October 14, 1976 and former MVP and Best Player of the conference celebrates his birthday tomorrow in a must win game against the Meralco Bolts.

Jay Jay Helterbrand is on a mission with Ginebra to get his final crown before his career exit from the PBA.

As he celebrate his 40th birthday at the Araneta Coliseum in a finals series game, it is obviously the greatest gift for a man like him to get that win in game 4 to tie the series and eventually get the championship crown before his hardcourt departure

The Fast and The Furious to try and win one last title together.

Photo by Aldrin Alejo

This duo of the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel a team with the biggest fan base has been together for quite sometime and has been through a lot of battles, frustrations, disappointments and success. Earlier this year, Jay Jay Helterbrand, former PBA MVP announced that this might be his last season with Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and this season will be the only chance for him to win a title before he retires from professional basketball.

After their win against the multi-titled team San Miguel Beermen, that mission is close enough to be real. The entry of their new coach and new faces in the team, the hopes of the fans went up that they may finally get a title after 9 years and having that crown this time is a great timing for Helterbrand to have as he try to exit the PBA with flying colors and good memories.  Without their big man Greg Slaughter it was not that easy to defend a team with a powerful front liner that includes Junmar Fajardo. As a sign of maturity and veteran mentality, these two point guards sets aside their will to play in the crucial minutes and make way for the younger guys which includes Scottie Thompson who delivered the goods for them and contributed a huge part in their win. They are the face of Ginebra and this will be the most memorable Finals appearance ever for the two as they will again face a tough road before getting the title by trying to beat a new comer in the finals stage Meralco Bolts.

PBA Finals Best of seven series will commence on Friday October 7 at the Araneta Coliseum 7pm.

The Fast and The Furious Ignites Lucena Crowd

The scores:

GINEBRA 107 – Brownlee 26, Mercado 19, Aguilar 15, Caguioa 13, Devance 9, Tenorio 9, Thompson 7, Bonifacio 2, Cruz 2, Helterbrand 2, Mariano 2, Marcelo 1.

MERALCO 93 – Hodge 19, Hugnatan 18, Durham 17, Newsome 16, Uyloan 9, Jamshidi 7, Alapag 3, Bono 2, Nabong 2, Caram 0, Dillinger 0, Faundo 0.

Quarters: 32-21, 51-47, 81-71, 107-93

The good ol’ tandem of Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand ignites the Lucena crowd as they both made their signature shots and dished assists to ginebra team mates as the most popular ballclub downs meralco bolts to get their 3rd win in this conference.

The Lucena crowd screamed theit hearts out when they saw mark and jayjay shared the same court again. Together with the triples and made baskets of their team mates, Scottie thompson, LA tenorio, justin brownlee and more, the crowd also had a great time with the close scoring game of both teams as the Meralco Bolts try to get over the lead and Ginebra trying to protect their advantage.

Sol Mercado was chosen as the best player.