The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is scheduled for a Semi-Finals round game 1 against the Magnolia Chicken Timplados Hotshots at 5:45 PM on December 14, 2022 live from the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila.
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This could be one of the rare events in the PBA where everyone will be treated to a “Manila Clasico” best-of-five series. The Gin Kings and the Hotshots will once again have their clash in the playoffs where many of their epic showdowns took place in the past. Fans will be served another one before the year 2022 ends.
The Gin Kings had their so-so performance during their Game 2 versus the NorthPort Batang Pier several days ago. In the opening quarter of that game, the boys of head coach Pido Jarencio made a surge with their surprising 29-13 first-quarter run. Then Ginebra tried to figure out and tried to solve the puzzle thrown to them by their opponent. Good thing for them, that Batang Pier didn’t last for long as they responded with a 30-18 score before the first half ended.
In the third quarter, the Gin Kings continued their rampage and closed the third quarter with an advantage, 29-19. However, NorthPort whose manpower consists of ex-Ginebra players probably had that “Never-Say-Die” spirit in them made a final assault where they tied the gap with 93-97 score behind the scoring barrage from Kevin Ferrer and Arvin Tolentino.
Then Ginebra had their answer and it came from the 38-year-old LA Tenorio who drained five big points to silence their quarterfinals rival. That performance of Tenorio looks like is enough for him to be named the Cignal Play-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week.
For the reigning MVP, Scottie Thompson said that their escape victory against NorthPort has a lot of value as they move to the semis.
“Nag-letdown kami nung huli and credit also to NorthPort; there’s no quit sa team na yun,” said Scottie Thompson. “We have to learn from this going to the semis,” he added.
For Magnolia, on the other hand, one of the reasons for their second finish in the eliminations is because of the solid performance of their import, Nick Rakocevic who averages 21 points, 17 rebounds, and six assists.
We all know that Ginebra preferred to hire Justin Brownlee as their second conference import due to his familiarity with the team and the basketball system of head coach Tim Cone. Yet, versus Magnolia, Brownlee’s ceiling will once again be put to a test against the 6’10 height of the 24-year-old Serbian.
“He gave us fits the first time we played him around in the eliminations,” said Cone about Rakocevic who is one of the top contenders for this year’s second conference Best Import award. “He’s not only long and tall, but he’s incredibly quick to the bounce. So that’s something we have to take a look, and better be prepared for than when we were in the eliminations,” Cone added.