Alex Compton and Norman Black laud PBA’s move to provide more leeway for physicalities
Chris Newsome and company have lost two straight games
They got Murdered Inside
Defensive Lapses. And More
Alaska’s Bench produced 50 Points
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
What kind of player is he?
With this playing style, the conclusion would be …
Injury problem pushed the Bolts to sign Canaleta and others
1st Finals Appearance: Beaten by Ginebra on Game 6
2nd Final Appearance: Loss to Ginebra on Game 7
1 – Ginebra’s a lot weaker without Brownlee
2 – So as the Bolts
3 – Ginebra isn’t Bolts’ only opponent
It looks like RDO will continue to play for the Meralco Bolts
RDO @teamrdo still “bolting-in” with @meralcoboltsofficial @paolotrillo #PBA #2Years #MeralcoBolts#VirtualPlayground #Basketball #Family
Just imagine if the Bolts have Terrence Romeo against Ginebra during the Governors’ Cup Finals
- 2015 PBA Most Improved Player
- 3 times PBA All-Star
- 2-time PBA All-Star Game MVP
- 2-time PBA All-Star 3-Point Shootout Champion
- Member of the 2016 PBA First Mythical Team
- Member of the 2015 PBA Second Mythical Team
- Member of the 2014 PBA All-Rookie Team
- 3-time PBA Scoring Champion
2 for 1 Trade: It would have worked both ways
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
Kudos to Meralco But this Trophy Belongs to Ginebra
The headline after game 6, if Meralco Bolts Starters fail to contribute as Norman Black hoped for.
If history repeats itself then we better charge our cell phone batteries as we get ready for darkness because Meralco will be shut down tonight.
Why Ginebra will win today?
How can Meralco extend the series?
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.
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
Ginebra Gin Kings falter late. Again
A Touch of the Fast and the Furious: The Third Quarter Comeback
Early Struggles in the 4th
Up and Down. Until the End
To avoid complications. That is.
Defense on Durham
What should Ginebra do?
Clamp Down on Shooters
What should Ginebra do?
The Bench Must Produce. More.
What should Ginebra do?
For one game, Meralco was able to work around their height disadvantage and won one against the giants
Of course, this victory by the Bolts changed nothing primarily because Ginebra is still 2 wins away from clinching the championship while Meralco will need to win tomorrow’s Game 4, win Game 5 and then a victory in Game 6 will give them their first championship in franchise history.
11 Threes Made
22 Points from Reynel Hugnatan- Surprise!
38 points, 19 rebounds, 5 blocks for Allen Durham
And they can only blame themselves for it
41 Heavy Minutes for Justin Brownlee
10 Offensive Rebounds
Meralco prevents getting swept after Hugnatan provided the needed voltage from outside
With the title almost upon their reach, the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings need two things: make sure that they win Game and secondly, not just win Game 3 but, dominate it to the point that it will make the Meralco Bolts desperate.
Meralco Faltered and Recovered.
Meralco went back into it: Shooting Bricks
Numbers at the Half
Third Quarter: A Roller Coaster Ride
Meralco’s Stuck Around
The Numbers that Won and Lost the Games
Or will the Bolts lose their charge against the champs
Yes. The Bolts will regain the charge that enabled them to get back to the Finals
No. The Bolts don’t have the enough to power to dethrone Ginebra
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