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Bay Area finally solved the Ginebra puzzle and beat the ugly Kings to win the Commissioner’s Cup series of titles 1-1


The second half was without Justin Brownlee (left) and Barangay Ginebra early. —August DELA CRUZ

Coach Brian Goorjian somewhat agreed that the monkey finally took the lead over the Bay Area Dragons on Wednesday night when they not only drew in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals series but also defeated Barangay Ginebra for the first time ever. since joining as a guest.

“It certainly helped,” Goorjian said after the Dragons’ 99-82 win let down most of the 16.044 fans at the Smart Araneta Coliseum and ended the best of seven series with a 1-1 scoreline before stepping into the game. on a long vacation.

Goorjian can only praise his Bay Area players for recovering from a disappointing performance on Christmas Day, which was the Hong Kong outfit’s introduction to how Ginebra does his job when The championship trophy is at stake.

And by finally overtaking Ginebra after an 18-point defeat in the knockouts and a 96-81 loss in Game 1 that made it feel like the Grinch had ruined its Christmas celebrations, the Bay Area could only bolster faith. Overcoming the last obstacle in his title ambitions can be accomplished.

“The loss goes up and you’re like ‘Can we beat this team?’ So yeah, it helped,” added Goorjian, who hopes to put out a game plan in the days before the series resumes on January 4 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The lull will be another new experience for the Dragons, who are at the end of a long holiday in the country that began last August.

And Goorjian wants to make sure his team can make the most of the break.

“You have to turn it into an advantage,” he said. “A week for us, again for us new to them and less experienced. So after two games we can grow and we really have time to refresh and make more adjustments.

“So I love the battle, and I end it with—I continue to use words about this whole experience—it’s just respect.”

Import Andrew Nicholson played as if he didn’t care how Ginebra was taking defensive measures against him, and Zhu Songwei pushed through early fouls to lead to a convincing Bay Area win.

Nicholson, who in a recent online interview compared the Christian Standhardinger’s defense to playing rugby, had 30 points and 15 rebounds while Zhu produced 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 rebounds. support times for the Dragons.

This time Hayden Blankley didn’t shoot into the open space and contributed 17 points with a 7/10 shot, while Glen Yang’s play also played an important role as the Dragons seemed to be more used to Finals basketball in the game. this.

“We don’t complain about the referees,” said Goorjian, clarifying the claims made about game administration in Game 1. “All we’re trying to do is figure out how the game will go. take place and make adjustments.

“So you come into this game, which is about easy shooting. Counter-attacks and counter-attacks and put the whole team in a foul position. Tonight we defended without fouling. We made adjustments to the PBA rules of the game without fouling. And to move forward, we must stay on that page.

It will be Ginebra’s turn to make adjustments after letting the Bay Area take control in the second half, forcing themselves to spend the rest of the game trying to fix a 52-35 deficit at halftime.

Justin Brownlee took home 32 points, but it looks like the Best Import leader carried the team while the rest of the Gin Kings weren’t as consistent as they were in Game 1.

Scottie Thompson and LA Tenorio failed to repeat their key performances from three nights ago, while the Ginebra defense had no answer to the Bay Area shooting and Nicholson’s dominance in the highlands. request

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