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With an eye on the larger series lead, Gin Kings begins to prove Game 1 is more than just a fluke


With an eye on the larger series lead, Gin Kings begins to prove Game 1 is more than just a fluke

Justin Brownlee (centre) will try to win Gin Kings back.
—August DELA CRUZ

A lot certainly happened to Barangay Ginebra in the closing game of the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioners Cup championship series against the Bay Area on Christmas Day.

So much so that even dear crowd mentor Tim Cone feels that Lady Fortune contributed to his ward’s 96-81 victory at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

“[Hayden] drum [was 0-for-9] in the game. If he even only makes 30 percent of it [triples], it will be another basketball game. And he has good looks. He just didn’t knock them down, he said.

“Our whole point is that he shouldn’t have shot those three and he’s taking them. Luckily for us, he didn’t,” added Cone.

In addition to Blankley’s cool shooting, Cone also highlighted a 27-point performance by the Dragons’ Andrew Nicholson, which came as a surprise to viewers as the National Basketball Association veteran has averaged nearly 40 points. a night in the mid-season rollout.

“Looks like we got a little lucky,” said the Gin Kings mentor, shaking his head.

While the visitors shoulder the burden of applying the adjustments, Barangay Ginebra still felt the need to prove that the series opening win was more than just a surprising fluke.

Starting point

Good thing Gin Kings has an idea where to start.

Game 2 of the best duel of the seven takes place at 5:45pm at the Smart Araneta Coliseum with the famous team hoping to replicate everything they did right in the frame of the previous outing’s success. their.

“Christian [Standhardinger] did a great job protecting [Nicholson]. I don’t know if he can sustain that for seven games but we’ll definitely try,” Cone said.

“[In] In that fourth quarter, we were really just on the defensive and really had some stops. We’re really focused on trying to stop Nicholson,” said Justin Brownlee, who imported Ginebra.

“We started attacking, saw some opportunities and tried to take them. [them]He continued. request

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