Ping wants Ginebra in the playoffs but he'll have to wait until Finals

Paul Lintag on Sep 24, 2017 11:15 PM
Ping wants Ginebra in the playoffs but he'll have to wait
Can Pingris' wish be realized? We'll find out soon enough.

There's no going around it, Marc Pingris wants defending champion Brgy. Ginebra in the Governors' Cup playoffs.

However, Ping will have to wait a while as the final playoff picture has the Hotshots at no. 4 and the Gin Kings at no. 3.

This development was made possible after Meralco's stunning win over San Miguel Sunday. If the Beermen managed to hold on, a Manila Clasico quarterfinals would have been in order.

"Mas gusto ko Ginebra. Kahit twice-to-win kami basta Ginebra," Pingris said Sunday after their win over NLEX and the final playoff pairings still undecided.

"Maraming tao eh, masarap maglaro kasi napakalakas ng team na yun. Kung di mo kayang talunin, paano ka magcha-champion? Mas maganda na mas malakas ang makalaban kaagad," he added.

However, Ping might actually want to step back and reconsider since Ginebra owns the Manila Clasico matchup so far this season.

In 10 Clasico games, the Gin Kings have won seven of them and all Star wins came during the semifinals of the Philippine Cup, a series that Ginebra won in seven games.

Despite that however, Ping wants Ginebra. It's just that competitive nature to seek out and try to beat your greatest rival.

"Every time na Ginebra ang kalaban namin, para kamin nasa Finals. History kasi nandiyan ang Manila Clasico, maraming fans na nanonood," he said.

"Pakiramdam ko talaga nasa Finals kami. Sabi ko nga, mas maganda na malakas na ang kalaban mo," Pingris added.

Well, with the current picture, the next Clasico game this season will definitely be in the Finals as both Ginebra and Star can only meet in the championship round.

That is if they both make it there. Star starts its playoff run against the Road Warriors in a quick rematch while the Gin Kings take on the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen.

Can Pingris' wish be realized? We'll find out soon enough.

 

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