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
The Sol Train
What if Terrence Romeo and LA Tenorio Switch Places?
Ginebra Needs Youth in the Guard Spot
Prime, Young and Ready Romeo
becoming a great leader and a more focused player.
What’s in it for Global Port?
A champion, an MVP and a real motivator that Terrence Romeo is not, at least not yet. This attributes take time to develop and with experience with different teams, he will bring in a culture of winning to a team that badly needs one.
NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE
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
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
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.
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
And they can only blame themselves for it
41 Heavy Minutes for Justin Brownlee
10 Offensive Rebounds
His sacrifices are paying off as the Gin Kings moved closer to title after Game 2
12 Points per Game
3 Assists per Game
Because they were lucky that Meralco was shooting bricks in Game 2
1 Assist for LA Tenorio
3 Points for Greg Slaughter
10 Missed Free Throws for Ginebra
Check out last game highlights: Meralco vs. Ginebra | PBA Governor’s Cup 2017
Tenorio’s heroics moved the Gin Kings two wins away from another title
Ginebra needed big numbers from 3 players to eliminate an import-less TNT team
Justin Brownlee- 46 Points
LA Tenorio- 25 Points
Greg Slaughter- 21 Points
Ginebra Erased an 18-point Lead as Glen Rice Jr. got Ejected
Just how good the Gin Kings were last night?
8 Offensive Rebounds
9 Points in the Second Quarter for SMB
22 Points Bench Productions
TNT Makes Life More Miserable for Gin Kings with Complications
TNT – 121
Rice Jr. 36, Castro 28, Rosario 15, Pogoy 15, Semerad 4, Chua 4, Golla 3, Carey 2, Tautuaa 2, Siegle 2, Nuyles 0, Hernandez 0, Reyes 0, Lingganay 0, Tamsi 0
Ginebra – 92
Brownlee 28, J. Aguilar 19, Thompson 9, Devance 7, Tenorio 6, Mercado 6, R. Aguilar 4, Caguioa 4, Slaughter 4, Ferrer 3, Cruz 2, Helterbrand 0, Jamito 0, Mariano 0, Taha 0
30-31, 57-49, 88-69, 121-92
Is the beast on the move?!
That’s the kind of game Abueva has been playing ever since he came to the PBA since he was drafted by the Alaska Aces back in 2012. Even back in his college days with the San Sebastian Stags in the NCAA where he also won an MVP award, the Beast was already dominant on both ends of the court.
This is despite the mere fact that both Alaska and Abueva himself, have agreed to a 15.1 million Peso, 3-year deal back in 2015- a deal that will be ending this season. Should Abueva wants to remain with the Aces, it should be easy especially considering the fact that he was considered to be a part of the Aces’ core back in 2015. Was.
If Abueva will be playing for another team come the next season, the Aces will lose a big part of themselves and the Aces themselves know that. But, Abueva wasn’t even in uniform during the Aces’ latest defeat and he has been missing tons of games this season due to personal reasons and his stint with the Gilas Pilipinas.
Should the Beast make a move, which team would be the best destination?
The answer to that question is simple: Ginebra. As mentioned by Abueva himself in the past and earlier this season, he wanted to play for the fan-favorite Gin Kings. In fact, photos of Calvin Abueva in a Ginebra uniform have been circulating in the social media as of late and apparently, fans are clamoring for it to happen- fans of the Gin Kings and the Beast to say the least.
Here’s the question, folks, let’s say Abueva does go on to sign with the Gin Kings, will he fit in the already crowded and talented line-up of Coach Tim Cone? The answer would be a BIG YES. Why? Ginebra is known as the team who lives and dies by their “Never Say Die” mantra and when it comes to never quitting no matter the odds are, we all know that the Beast can live up to that reputation and will stand up against opposing players no matter how big they are- something that we all saw during his stint with Gilas that played in the FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon earlier this year.
If ever Ginebra gets to sign the Beast, that alone, could change the balance in the PBA because imagine a team that has a healthy Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Scottie Thompson who is making a name for himself too, an always reliable LA Tenorio and, the Beast, that’s a scary team. It’s like giving a monster another claw for himself.
LA TENORIO LOOKS UP TO LEBRON JAMES BUT IS NOT A CLEVELAND FAN
Lastly, he dedicates the win to a Ginebra fan that recently died.