Sun. Apr 14th, 2024

Scottie Thompson (middle) fights his means out of tight spots in Sport 1 to complete with a triple double for Ginebra. —AUGUST DELA CRUZ

Coach Tim Cone felt relieved that the troubles he had going into Barangay Ginebra’s opening act within the PBA Governors’ Cup proved to be unfounded.

“I used to be form of stunned, to be sincere with you,” Cone informed the press after the Gin Kings’ 102-90 win over the TNT Tropang Giga to attract first blood within the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals earlier than an excellent Easter Sunday crowd at Good Araneta Coliseum.

Cone has causes to be stunned.

The Gin Kings performed their first sport since sweeping the San Miguel Beermen within the semifinals shut to 2 weeks in the past and his issues of probably popping out flat can be comprehensible.

However that merely wasn’t the case.

Ginebra had a great deal of vitality popping out of the gates, with import Justin Brownlee setting the tone together with his scorching first quarter taking pictures. Jamie Malonzo and Scottie Thompson then took turns to ensure Sport 1 wouldn’t slip out of the Gin Kings’ arms after TNT bought to inside two within the third quarter.

“I actually didn’t assume we’ve carried out an excellent job getting ready for this sport,” Cone shared. “There have been loads of questions happening all through the ten days. So I used to be not 100-percent positive we’re gonna play good tonight.

“However guys got here out they usually got here out actually fired as much as begin the sport, I believed. Set an excellent tone to start the sport,” he added. “All of it got here collectively effectively, surprisingly and we’re capable of win.”

Brownlee’s 17 factors within the first quarter set issues up for a night of environment friendly basketball a lot of the 11,580 followers loved. He completed with 31 factors on 11-of-20 taking pictures with 12 rebounds, 4 assists and two blocks.


Malonzo had his share in Ginebra’s energetic begin with a two-handed dunk, then made a number of threes within the second half on his method to 21 factors, whereas Thompson quietly had an eighth profession triple-double with 10 factors, 13 rebounds and 11 assists.

Christian Standhardinger, the main Finest Participant of the Convention candidate, additionally got here away with 16 factors and 11 rebounds and the whole crew effort that the Gin Kings performed with clearly didn’t make them appear to be they’re with out LA Tenorio, the crew’s flooring chief.

That is the primary finals sport in fairly a variety of years that Ginebra is enjoying with out Tenorio, who took a go away from the crew to battle Stage 3 colon most cancers.

Chilly taking pictures

Ginebra additionally capitalized on TNT’s lack of inside presence after Justin Chua harm his knee three minutes into the sport and Poy Erram as soon as once more fouling out within the fourth quarter in the course of the Tropang Giga’s determined effort attempting to catch up.

Ginebra’s protection additionally restricted TNT to 9-of-35 clip from three-point vary, means under their 38-percent conversion.

Most of Mikey Williams’ 5 threes got here when the result was already settled and he wanted 12 makes an attempt to do it to complete with 23 factors at the same time as RR Pogoy slumped to simply six factors on 2-of-10 from the sphere.

However Cone warns that the Tropang Giga gained’t be anemic from long-distance on a regular basis.

“They didn’t have a fantastic taking pictures evening,” Cone stated. “However they’re gonna have two or three video games the place they gonna shoot the lights out and we have now nothing to do about it.”

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