Ginebra's NSD spirit will get tested again
Paul Lintag on Jun 15, 2017 10:03 AM
"Our backs are against the wall again. We’ll do it the hard way again. May chance pa, so it’s up to us kung paano namin maso-solve, kung paano naming tatalunin yung TNT." --- Japeth Aguilar.
Barangay Ginebra's "Never Say Die" spirit is about to be put to the test.
Down 0-2 to TNT KaTropa in the best-of-5 Commissioner's Cup series, the top-seeded Gin Kings will have to dig deep into their bag of tricks as they hope to keep their bid for three straight PBA Finals appearances alive.
Bullied by Joshua Smith in Game 1 and burned by Anthony Semerad in Game 2, Ginebra most definitely has its backs against the wall as the series shifts to Game 3 with TNT going for the kill.
However, in true Ginebra fashion, the Gin Kings are hardly bothered by their current predicament. In fact, it seems like the team is more than fired up to come back and steal this series away from the KaTropa.
"Hindi pa naman kami nawawalan ng pag-asa. We're still looking forward to Game 3," said Japeth Aguilar.
"I believe in our coach and our team, we wouldn't be here if we're not confident. I believe in my guys to come out and just play our hearts out," added import Justin Brownlee.
Despite facing elimination, one thing that's keeping Ginebra's spirits up is the fact that both games have been close.
Despite Joshua Smith having a monster game for TNT in the series opener, the Gin Kings were in it all the way until Jayson Castro went clutch.
By Game 2, Smith's production was already cut in half and the Gin Kings were well on their way to victory until Anthony Semerad decided to become the third Splash brother, burying four straight triples in the game's final 5:21. He had a grand total of two points before that.
As such, the Gin Kings are content in controlling what they can control and hopefully, by the time the buzzer sounds at the end of Game 3, they have more points on the board than that of TNT.
"Everything's not going to be perfect like last time. Not everything is going that way everytime but the best thing we can do is to control what we control, coming out in Game 3 and just play our hearts out. I think that's the thing we can focus on," Brownlee said.
"Our backs are against the wall again. We’ll do it the hard way again. May chance pa, so it’s up to us kung paano namin maso-solve, kung paano naming tatalunin yung TNT," Aguilar added.
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