Barangay Ginebra’s performance against San Miguel Beer, their sibling team in the PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals, may be characterized in several ways.
One is mistreatment by a sibling to another sibling. One more is bullying. One phrase, though, does the trick: smackdown.
The first two games of the thankfully brief series were blowouts, but Game 3 was an incredible Ginebra comeback from an 18-point deficit that really rubbed salt in the wound.
Recency bias or not, I believe this Ginebra squad to be among the very finest the team has ever fielded. The Gin Kings are a tall, muscular, and gifted bunch.
In addition, SMC’s sports director Alfranchis Chua deserves praise for assembling such a formidable machine, and the coaching staff deserves praise for coordinating the team’s efforts so effectively.
See for yourselves how powerful Ginebra was.
They won the scoring match 329-300, the assist match 84-64, and the rebound match 166-87. Overall, they had a superior shooting percentage (47.8% vs. 43.1%).
GINEBRA’S OFFENSE IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN A GYMNAST’S
The semifinals were a showcase for all of that.
Averages of 26.3 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game were topped by Christian Standhardinger. Similar stats were posted by Justin Brownlee, who contributed an average of 26 points, 12 boards, and 6.3 assists per game.
At 17.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 7.0 assists per game, Scottie Thompson was a real gun for the team.
Even more devastating than Ginebra’s Big 3 of JB, C-Stan, and Iskati was the emergence of rising stars Jamie Malonzo and Jeremiah Gray, both of whom are Filipino, and who combined for 84 points, 38 rebounds, and 14 assists in the team’s rout of San Miguel.Don’t forget to check out our other articles on sports, casino, and betting here at onlinesportsbetting.ph. Stay up-to-date with the latest news and trends in the industry by staying.