Dillinger says Meralco's big Ginebra win was no revenge

Paul Lintag on Jul 24, 2017 04:45 PM
Dillinger says Meralco's big Ginebra win was no revenge
Playing against Ginebra for over a decade now, Dillinger has long-standing beef against the Gin Kings.

Finally beating Ginebra feels good, but veteran forward Jared Dillinger has been around in the PBA long enough that an early regular season win doesn't count as a revenge game.

On Sunday, the Meralco Bolts beat the Gin Kings, 93-78, in a Governors' Cup Finals rematch.

It was Meralco's first win over Ginebra since Game 3 of the 2016 Finals but the victory also only put the Bolts to 2-0 in the new conference. In Ginebra's case, the loss only put the champs at 0-1.

That means nothing in the grand scheme of things, especially for JD who didn't actually play in last year's series because of an injury.

"I'm a vet. It's not gonna be revenge unless we beat them in the playoffs and send their asses home," Dillinger said.

"Then I will feel ike we got our revenge. Elimination game? Yeah we won but it doesn't matter until the playoffs start," he added.

Playing against Ginebra for over a decade now, Dillinger has long-standing beef against the Gin Kings.

That beef was only magnified when Ginebra beat Meralco for the title in 2016.

In fact, after the Bolts got eliminated in the Commissioner's Cup by TNT, Dillinger went on Twitter and wished for the KaTropa to vanquish the top-seeded Gin Kings in the next round.

He got his wish as his former teammates, led by Jayson Castro, dropped Ginebra, 3-1, to move on to the Finals.

But on Sunday, Dillinger delighted in the fact that it was him and Meralco that finally beat the Gin Kings.

"When you put yourself out there and you say some things, whether you're joking or you're serious, and you say stuff like that, you better back it up," he said.

"Thank goodness we won. I would have heard it for a couple of weeks if we didn't win," Dillinger added.

To his credit, Dillinger had a fantastic outing, going for 17 points, 12 during a crucial third-quarter run when Meralco finally pulled away.

But despite beating Ginebra for the first time since Game 3 of the 2016 Governors' Cup Finals, snapping a five-game slide, Dillinger said Meralco will have its true revenge in the playoffs, if both teams meet there.

Hopefully, they do.

"It was just an elimination game, what matters is the playoffs," he said.

 


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