Gin Kings stay true to their word of getting even with Hotshots
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 16, 2017 10:48 AM
I GOT YOU. Ginebra has caught up with archrival Star in impressive fashion.
The Manila Clasico semifinals series in the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup looked far from being, well, a classic.
That was until Ginebra finally decided to show up.
Losing without question in the first two games, the Gin Kings roared back to life last Monday via a rousing rally.
Two days later, Jervy Cruz of all people made sure the league’s most recent champions kept kicking and screaming with a convincing 93-86 victory.
For Sol Mercado, it was mission accomplished for the Gin Kings who treated this one as must-win. “We knew they were gonna come back (after Game 3) so this next one is must-win. We can’t go down 1-3,” he expressed.
In undeniable trouble before ringing off back-to-back wins, Japeth Aguilar said Ginebra just stayed true to its identity to never say die. As he put it, “Inisip lang namin na it’s not the end. Nasa kamay pa rin namin lahat so it’s on us kung mag-decide kami to give up o na lumaban.”
Indeed, as per coach Tim Cone, his players did exactly what they said they would do. “I thought our guys showed great resolve. We said after they (Star) beat us twice in a row, we can also beat them twice in a row,” he shared.
He then continued, “They (Ginebra) were true to their word. They did it.”
The sense of urgency that burned bright in the final frame of Game 3 remained very much evident throughout Game 4. From start to finish, Cone’s wards were in total control.
Cone is hopeful this all just keeps on going for the Gin Kings. “I think the key for us now is try to continue to find energy. Hopefully, we can get a second wind,” he said.
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