PBA Finals: Ginebra a fitting final boss for Hodge, Bolts to beat for first title
Paul Lintag on Jan 06, 2020 08:28 PM
“Us losing twice, we all want it even more. Something that has been elusive for you, you wanna do it. I’m hungry, AD is hungry, Newsome is hungry. We want it so bad, I feel like now is the time.” — Cliff Hodge. (Photo by Arvin Lim)
Meralco has had enough of losing to Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.
In 2016, the Bolts lost in six games no thanks to Justin Brownlee’s “The Shot” to end an 8-year Ginebra title drought.
In 2017, the Bolts lost Game 7 in front of a record crowd of over 54,000 at the Philippine Arena.
For the 2019 Governors’ Cup Finals, the Bolts are out to make sure third time is the charm for their first-ever PBA title.
“I say it gives us sort of an advantage,” forward Cliff Hodge said as they meet the Gin Kings in the Finals for a third time in four seasons.
“We know what to expect. We know their crowd is going to be amazing. We know that the mistakes we made, we can correct. Also, us losing twice, we all want it even more. Something that has been elusive for you, you wanna do it. I’m hungry, AD is hungry, Newsome is hungry. We want it so bad, I feel like now is the time,” he added.
After losing to Ginebra twice in the Finals already, it would have been nice if Meralco actually avoided the Gin Kings.
But fate had it otherwise and Hodge is looking at it as a fitting challenge to try and finally beat Ginebra to win a championship.
“Losing the last two, you didn’t wanna see this team,” Hodge said.
“But it’s always an opportunity to finally overcome an obstacle that’s always been in your way. It would be fitting to finally win one against the team that’s knocked us out in the only two Finals we’ve been to,” he added.
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