No rest for tired Gin Kings
Paul Lintag on Oct 15, 2017 04:39 PM
"Everybody's tired. But you just have to fight it. You don't have time to be fatigued right now." --- Justin Brownlee.
Last season, it appeared like Brgy. Ginebra was in trouble when Meralco took a 2-1 series lead and was a couple of baskets away from a 3-1 advantage in the Finals.
The Gin Kings had to claw their way to force a tie and they needed "The Shot" to avoid a Game 7 and take the title outright in Game 6.
This year, for The Rematch, the tables have turned. At least for Game 1 as its Ginebra that's off to a good start in the best-of-7 series.
"Last year, we didn't have a good start to the series," Justin Brownlee said.
"This time we won. We just tried to set the tone," he added following the champs' emphatic 102-87 series-opening victory on the road.
While a 1-0 lead is good for morale, Brownlee knows that it doesn't mean anything if you can't build off of the momentum.
With Game 2 already on deck after just a day of break and at least three hours of land travel from Quezon province back to Metro Manila, both teams, not just the Gin Kings, are in an extra challenge to stay fresh as possible.
"At this point, everybody's feeling fatigue," Brownlee said.
"Everybody's tired. But you just have to fight it. You don't have time to be fatigued right now," he added.
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