The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is scheduled for a championship round Game 2 against the Bay Area Dragons at 5:45 PM on December 28, 2022 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Metro Manila.
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The Gin Kings continue their mastery against the PBA’s guest team this second conference, the Dragons as they draw the first blood of their championship best-of-seven series. Without a doubt, the game adjustment of the Hong Kong-based squad is on hand in order to even the score to 1-all and avoid the 0-2 disadvantage.
Age is definitely just a number for LA Tenorio as he torched Bay Area with his 22 points as part of Ginebra’s surprise attack in their offense. Likewise, the veteran guard who is fresh from winning the Cignal PBA Player of the Week award used Christmas Day as part of his motivation. He is away from his family as they spent the holiday in Osaka, Japan.
“It’s a blessing na rin that my family get to spend vacation, and while I wasn’t able to join them, I’m playing in the finals before a big crowd. Ginamit ko na lang motivation, sabi ko I might as well win this thing,” said Tenorio.
The reigning PBA Most Valuable Player, Scottie Thompson also had a brilliant performance in the Finals opener where he made 14 points, nine rebounds, and a couple of swats which you don’t usually expect from a guard. The favorite winner of the Best Player of the Conference award was also relentless especially he see the face of Kobey Lam in front of him. The moment Thompson got the match-up he wanted, he went aggressive going to the basket.
Likewise, Thompson as he normally does in the rebounding department, he was seen many times battling for a loose ball against the Bay Area’s import, Andrew Nicholson. Though as per the stat sheet, the Digos native registered only a steal yet his pesky defense by deflecting passes and then resulting in an opponent turnover were among the key to securing the Game 1 success.
“We made sure to limit their touches, especially their import. We stayed aggressive as we wanted this game badly for us to take control,” Thompson said.
For Bay Area’s head coach Brian Goorjian, seems like he now figured out what’s the primary source of the team “NSD’s” energy and that’s the soon Gilas Pilipinas naturalized player, Justin Brownlee. Though the Ginebra’s beloved import started slowly in Game 1 yet his contributions in defense and cleaning the boards were important to keep the Dragons at bay.
“Over the course of the game, what stood out was we got to do something on Brownlee,” said Goorjian.
As mentioned, the adjustment is now with the Bay Area after not being able to secure the Game 1 victory. Many basketball experts are expecting that it’ll be a long series and it’s a tug-of-war.
“It’s a series, and the ball comes over to our court. Everybody (saw) what happened tonight. They dominated us, they dominated us in the regular season (eliminations). So the adjustment comes to us. What are we gonna do,” said Goorjian.