Ginebra is not Meralco's rival... at least not yet
Paul Lintag on Oct 28, 2017 06:10 PM
"I’m speechless a little bit. Rival, not rival, I mean until we can actually win a championship against them, they’re not really a rival." --- Jared Dillinger.
After taking another bitter Finals defeat, Meralco's Jared Dillinger is shutting down his trash talk for once to give props to rival Ginebra.
Actually, scratch that. Dillinger thinks that Ginebra is not their rival.
At least not yet.
"Rivals? I woulnd’t call them much of a rival if they beat us twice," JD said with a sigh after his Bolts lost Game 7 of the 2017 Governors' Cup Finals to defending champion Ginebra Friday.
The loss marked the second straight year that the Gin Kings celebrated a championship at Meralco's expense.
"I’m speechless a little bit. Rival, not rival, I mean until we can actually win a championship against them, they’re not really a rival," Dillinger said.
After missing the 2016 Finals with an injury, Dillinger was raring to have his shot at the barangay in the highly-anticipated rematch.
However, he struggles for six games in the series before he seemingly saved his best for last in Game 7, helping Meralco erase a 20-point, second-half deficit.
Dillinger fired 20 points in the loss, with his final three-pointer pushing Meralco to within four, 96-100, with 40 seconds to go.
It wasn't enough.
Now 0-2 in the Finals against the Gin Kings, Dillinger can only take this loss and move on.
A trilogy might be too far off for Ginebra and Meralco, and Dillinger says the focus is to continue building. The team will deal with another rematch once it happens.
"You gotta give credit when credit’s due. Those guys, man, they’re warriors tonight. They deserve to win," Dillinger said of Ginebra.
"It doesn’t matter anymore. I wish we won, so it would be some kind of a rivalry. But we didn’t win. It’s just tough we’re right here again—right at the edge and lose again," he added.
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