PBA: Ginebra made sure to avoid Game 5 vs. tough Northport
Paul Lintag on Dec 20, 2019 10:17 PM
Following a 34-point loss in Game 1, the Gin Kings made sure in leaving no doubt about the winner of this series, winning the next three games by a combined 75 points. (Photo by Arvin Lim)
Barangay Ginebra is through to the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals after ending Northport’s magical conference run in Game 4 of the semis Friday.
Following a 34-point loss in Game 1, the Gin Kings made sure in leaving no doubt about the winner of this series, winning the next three games by a combined 75 points.
Matched up with a team that took down the conference’s no. 1 seed, Ginebra wanted to make sure they avoided Game 5 at all cost.
“It's good that we didn't have to go to a fifth game. I'm just so happy that we didn't have to go to a fifth game. Because as we were talking about in the locker room, this team is in a twice-to-beat situation earlier and they showed great character in beating NLEX in the first game, dominating them, then coming back to win a triple overtime game,” head coach Tim Cone said, remembering Northport’s now-classic win over the Road Warriors in the quarterfinals.
“That will go down as one of the great PBA games of all time. We knew they had the character in them to play us,” he added.
Ginebra got a glimpse of how dangerous Northport can be with that Game 1 beatdown they received.
But as the semis grind took its toll on the Batang Pier, the Gin Kings relied on their superior depth to pull through.
“In a series like this, when you play every other game in a best-of-five, depth becomes very important. And we obviously had the depth that they didn't have. We were just able to wear them down with our depth through the series,” Cone said.
“They came out and played a heck of a first game, and it was quite frightening to see how good they could be in that first game. And it shook us up a little bit. We regained our bearings and started the play we wanted to play,” he added.
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