The real Barangay Ginebra showed up on Monday evening and made NorthPort, true to all the Preseries hype, look like he had no chance.
Ginebra used a rapid start to bury Batang Pier early and set the rest of the way on cruise control as the Gin Kings built their best-of-three PBA governor's trophy series after two games and handed out to the enemy a larger one A boost of confidence in the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.
Game 3 is scheduled for Wednesday, and the kings are trying to return to the final and regain the crown they lost to sister Magnolia last year.
"I thought we got into the playoffs with a lot of intensity this time," said coach Tim Cone, who blew up his charges on Saturday after a 34-point loss.
“It was much better today. We shot the ball well and played very intensely. "
Stanley Pringle had 23 points, LA Tenorio lost 20 points and four additional two-digit points in a balanced attack in which Justin Brownlee did not have to dominate the offensive.
Michael Qualls had 20 points to walk on Batang Pier, the eighth seed that wanted to do a title series for the first time.
The winner of this series meets the survivors of the TNT-Meralco duel, which the KaTropa led after a decisive 103-94 victory on Sunday. That night, the KaTropa raved with their defense against the Bolts. In the middle of the quarter, TNT proved to be irreconcilable not only as a 1-0 winner, but also gained a lot of confidence, considering how masterfully Meralco was.
However, coach Bong Ravena believes that his charges have a lot to do.
"We still have to work on our defense," he told the scribes after the competition. "We still have to find ways to stop (Allen) Durham."
Ravena's concerns do not need to be confirmed as Durham, who is in his fourth year with Meralco, still scored 32 points and 21 rebounds, even though the TNT defense was aimed at him all night.
"Putting a double team on him won't make it," said Ravena.
Such a view is shared by TNT playmaker Jayson Castro, who was one of the main responsible for the KaTropa.
“Durham is Durham. It has been the best import in this league many times in the past, ”he said. "We have to find other ways to restrict it."
"At the same time, we must continue to restrict the locals," added Castro.
The TNT defense has also done its work for the locals. Only the swinger Chris Newsome and the former Gilas shooter alone Maliksi could make a big contribution to Meralco.
Coach Norman Black believes her goal problems are due to a lack of teamwork.
"They also give them recognition because they defended us well defensively, but at the same time we forced too many misses," he said. INQ
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