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.
Free agent Devance says he is staying with Barangay Ginebra
Pros: Versatility and Flexibility
Cons: Fewer Minutes for New Guys. And fewer Opportunities
What should Joe Devance do now?
Times are changing for Ginebra
Joe Devance’s absence will be huge
How will this affect Ginebra?
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
Because of these things, the series is tied at 2-2 instead of Ginebra holding a 3-1 leading heading into Game 5
4 Points Combined from Tenorio, Thompson and Mercado
14 Missed from Deep
17 Offensive Rebounds for the Bolts
Make no mistake, Folks. Not even a reloaded Bolts team can dethrone the champs.
1. Height is Might
2. Ginebra is More DISCIPLINED
3. The Brownlee Effect
Joe Devance Scored 9 points, grabbed 5 rebound in 26 minutes of play in Game 1
Joe is not 100%
Jared Dillinger has been waiting too damn long for this!
“Been waiting to damn long for this! Let’s go! This is what we wanted! Finals Rematch!- Jared Dillinger
Joe is Ready to get his revenge
Joe Devance Tweets that he doesn’t like Jared Dillinger
The Much Awaited Rematch
Cherry on top: A kiss from Wife Monica
Gin Kings Use Balance Attack to Inch Closer to Finals
The Gin Kings were never truly threatened throughout the game
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|Joe Devance Game routine, Injection for his plantar fasciatis|
Joe Devance is the real hero of game 2!
Watch Joe Devance buzzer beater shot in game 2:
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During a huge rally in the second half, Joe Devance who has been one of the players stepping up to get that run going wrongfully landed on his heel.
Joe was able to get back on defense on that last sequence but eventually laid on the floor holding on his foot.
It was reported that he already had an injury on the particular spot and was taken immediately to the hospital. Devance was screaming in pain in the dug out during the Ginebra run which they eventually won but is uncertain if he will be available to play on their do-or-die game against Alaska on Tuesday.
Statement has yet to be released by the Ginebra Camp regarding Joe’s condition after a good news of winning the game, this could be a huge let down on their next game.
Big guys such as Marcelo, Cruz and Ferrer will need to fill his shoes if he will not be available to play on their game in the Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday at 7pm
Joe Devance can be a starting forward in any PBA team but his role in Ginebra was different.
In eliminations, quarterfinals and semifinals JDV was not in his usual self as his minutes and scoring goes down.
Also in the first 3 games of the Finals, Joe wasn’t able to get his groove offensively but in their last two game, he was just killing Merlaco silently.
In game 4 JDV sank a tough fall away jumper with 25 seconds left in the game and it helps Ginebra to tie the series.
Today, he started for Tim Cone (maybe for match up purposes) and he does what he needs to do and that is to control the game silently for ginebra.
He finished the game with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. He also made some big shots in the 4th quarter when Meralco is trying to make a comeback.
If Ginebra wants to finish the series on Wednesday, JDV will play a big factor for them.
Before Ginebra entered the semi final phase against the Championship caliber SMB, they had one concern, that’s how will they be able to contain Junmar Fajardo since they don’t have Greg Slaughter to match him up.
But in their 2nd meeting this conference, Ginebra found a way to make it hard for Fajardo in conquering the paint and diverted the SMB’s offensive focal point. “We felt we dont deserve to be on the same floor during the first half, we got frustrated.” Tim Cone said after trailing with as much as 13 points through out the first half of Semifinals game 1.
“We haven’t been here in this situation in a while we dont know how hard we need to play in a game like this.” Cone states that they lack of experience especially with him being in the semi-final round with Ginebra gives them a hard time on identifying the level of performance they need to overcome an experienced team like San Miguel Beermen in terms of playoffs appearances and championships.
“Our guys came out and played raised their level of performance, though we had lost our confidence during the first half ,they kept battling and got us the momentum.” Cone said.
“This doesnt win the series not big of a deal game two is the big deal.”
“SMB’s 5 is so solid its better than an all star team.”
Emphasizing how hard it is to match the level of performance of SMB and their players.
“Joe got it going for us ,hit a couple of shots ran the floor well. Junmar doesn’t have too many weaknesses but defending a guy like Joe makes it hard for him to chase down the floor.”
“Joe played a crucial part in 4th quarter he did a good job in making Fajardo chase them, he stepped out made a few shots the real key was joe in those situations he’s been to the grandslam he know how to play this game , I thought he played well from start to finish.” Cone Said.
1. MORE PLAYING TIME for the YOUNG GUNS
a. Scottie Thompson – The very promising rookie out of the Perpetual Help Atlas had make an impression last conference. He is an all around player and is a very energetic player. He could be the new spark off the bench for Ginebra. Scottie will fill the statsheet every game if given a chance. Based on P.E.R., Thompson is a very efficient player.
b. Nico Salva – Salva had a great collegiate career from Ateneo and we know what he can do inside the court if given a chance. CTC can develop this guy into something special. He can provide some shooting and scoring for the team. He could be the today’s Sunday Salvacion or Mark Macapagal for Ginebra.
2. ACQUIRE a DEADLY SHOOTER and WING DEFENDER
This is what I think the missing piece in Barangay Ginebra’s title quest. Chris Ellis hasn’t shown improvement on his offensive game. And I think its time for them to part with him. They can trade him for the likes of Rey Guevarra, Anthony Semerad or Ronald Pascual plus future picks.
3. CONSISTENCY for JAPETH AGUILAR
Greg Slaughter is the only consistent contributor in Barangay Ginebra bigs and Japeth Aguilar should be the other one. If he will only be consistent together with Slaughter, they will be a force to reckon with every night. Japeth needs to do something with his game or else he would end up playing for another team.
4. SOL MERCADO should be the “SIXTH MAN”
Sol Mercado is a combo guard so he can be the reliever of either L.A. Tenorio or Mark Caguioa. I see him as a great team leader that could guide this team to the championship. You can see the “Never Say Die” spirit on him. If he can average atleast 13 points and 5 assists a game off the bench, Ginebra will be back to the Finals.
5. JOE DEVANCE and JERVY CRUZ should be the “TWIN TOWER’S RELIEVER”
Joe Devance and Jervy Cruz need to provide some scoring off the bench. They should be the reliever of Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter. If this two will be consistent and will contribute every game together with Slaughter and Aguilar, Ginebra would be unstoppable.