PBA 43 Review: Still Kings

Paul Lintag on Jan 07, 2019 01:43 PM
PBA 43 Review: Still Kings
For a third straight season, Ginebra finished with a title and thatís enough for them to maintain king status.

The PBA's 43rd season was a loooooong one.

Seriously, it started December of 2017 and it ended December of 2018. That's 12 months of almost non-stop basketball.

But with the current PBA season finally drawing to a close, it's time we look back at how each team fared in 2018.

Today, we take on the Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel



Ginebra was this/close to establishing itself as the next PBA dynasty, law of averages in Manila Clasico just finally caught up with the barangay.

The Gin Kings had themselves another strong season in 2018, winning one championship.

Ginebra split with San Miguel Beer in the playoffs, losing in the Philippine Cup semifinals before rebounding and winning the Commissioner’s Cup in six sensational outings.

For the second straight season, the Gin Kings stopped the Beermen’s Grand Slam hopes and the team maintained their super status with super import Justin Brownlee.

Brownlee remains as the undisputed best import in the PBA and Ginebra transforms into a different monster with its resident reinforcement.

The Gin Kings just barely missed out on a Governors’ Cup 3-peat, but the team’s no. 1 ranking in the elimination round is a clear indication that Ginebra is not slowing down with Brownlee just yet.

All-Filipino remains a question for Ginebra but it’s been the Gin Kings that have given San Miguel the most problems over the last couple of seasons. Maybe third time’s the charm in 2019? We’ll see.

For a third straight season, Ginebra finished with a title and that’s enough for them to maintain king status.


Brgy. Ginebra SAN MIGUEL in the 2017-2018 PBA season

Philippine Cup: 6-5 (4th place)

Commissioner’s Cup: 6-5 (5th place)

Governors’ Cup: 9-2 (1st place)

Overall: 21 wins and 12 losses. Three playoff appearances, 3 Semifinals, 1 Finals. 1 CHAMPIONSHIP



Ginebra was rather quiet in the draft and just added Matt Salem.

The Gin Kings return their core last season and priority of course is the health of the team, especially the frontline. Greg Slaughter has yet to play a full season with no injury and Joe Devance is starting to deal with advanced wear and tear in his body.

A healthy Ginebra is a force to be reckoned with.


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