On Christmas Day, the Beloved Gin Kings Treats Fans to Winning Game 1 of ‘Philippines’

PBA Finalist Scottie Thompson Ginebra

Barangay Ginebra defends Scottie Thompson in Game 1 of the 2022 PBA Commissioners Cup Finals at the Mall of Asia Arena. PBA . IMAGES

Coach Tim Cone mentioned a familiar line from a not-so-recent past to describe how Barangay Ginebra performed over Christmas.

“We’re on the pitch quickly, we’re on the pitch furiously, even though we don’t have Jayjay Helterbrand and Mark Caguioa,” Cone said as Gin Kings gave the 18,252 fans a well-deserved gift for the 96- victory- 81 against the Bay Area Dragons for the first bloodshed in the PBA Commissioners Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Cone praises Ginebra for setting the tone in a series between the country’s most famous team and visitors from Hong Kong, with his main gears meeting expectations of delivering a holiday that a The song describes it as “the most wonderful time of the year”.

“[I]t is a special moment, a special moment. People are coming with their families to come see us. They’re watching the Philippines play, and that’s what makes the game so special,” Cone said.

‘First step forward’

“That’s how we treat it,” added Cone, who 20 years ago lost the first game of the PBA Christmas Day when Alaska fell to Coca-Cola for the all-Filipino crown.

By drawing the first blood, Ginebra assigns responsibility to the Bay Area to adjust to Game 2 taking place on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“This game didn’t bring us the championship, it didn’t take away the Bay Area championship,” Cone said. “But the bottom line [is] We have taken the first step forward. We wanted to set the tone and I think we did that today.

The L.A. Tenorio’s Most Bright Player of the Year winner, who stayed when his family flew out of the country for a pre-arranged vacation, took home 22 points in a win brought to the attention of players that the veteran player, rarely used in eliminations, appeared in important games.

Scottie Thompson, currently under consideration for the Conference’s Player of the Year after climbing to second in the stats category after the semifinals, had 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists. created with invisible things that have no units of measure on the statistics table.

Special mention

And then there’s Justin Brownlee, the lead for Best Import, now three wins without a perfect six-six in the championship run, scoring the most with 28 points and 13 times. replay.

Mentor Ginebra also made a special mention of Christian Standhardinger, not only for scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists, but also for his defensive performance against Andrew Nicholson , the Bay Area importer.

Nicholson had 27 points and 12 rebounds, but wasn’t a player whose performance helped greatly in the semi-final series win over San Miguel Beer.

Bay Area locals, who have improved dramatically as guest participation has increased, struggled against Ginebra’s defence, and that contributed to Kobey Lam’s Glen’s inconsistent play. Yang, Hayden Blankley and Zhu Songwei.

“The ball is on our court making some adjustments,” said Dragons coach Brian Goorjian after his team understood how popular Finals basketball was for Ginebra. , whether it’s a day off or a normal day at the office.

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