The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the San Miguel Beermen at 5:45 PM on February 17, 2023 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Metro Manila.
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The Beermen wanted to cling to their current standings position which is the top spot of the Governors’ Cup win-loss leaderboard while the Gin Kings wanted to signal to everyone that this is their conference and at the same time keep their perfect record. All of these basketball actions will be witnessed tonight live from the Big Dome.
One of the most highly anticipated matches in the tournament is about to take place between San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra. This will be a crucial game for both teams as they strive for a top-four finish in the PBA Governors’ Cup single-round-robin eliminations.
After defeating NorthPort Batang Pier on Wednesday, San Miguel Beer stands at a 6-1 record, tied for the lead. They have a tough week ahead of them, with three games in six nights, including the match against Barangay Ginebra on Friday and TNT Tropang Giga on Sunday.
Coach Jorge Gallent acknowledged the difficulty of the week, stating that it will test their character. He emphasized the need for his team to take it one game at a time, with their focus solely on the upcoming match against Barangay Ginebra.
“It’s a tough week, and it will test our character,” Gallent said.
Gallent and his team expect a challenging game from the Gin Kings, who are coming off a loss to the Magnolia Hotshots. With the loss, Barangay Ginebra has dropped to fifth place in the standings at 3-1, trailing the Beermen, Tropang Giga, FiberXers, and Road Warriors.
Gallent stressed the importance of playing a full 48 minutes against Ginebra, as they are a well-coached and disciplined team. He also highlighted the need for his team to stay sharp and avoid being sluggish.
“We’re taking it one game at a time. We’re through with the NorthPort game, and we’re not thinking about Sunday; we’re just thinking about Friday,” said Gallent.
“We gotta stay sharp, we can’t be sluggish, we have to play 48 minutes against Ginebra,” Gallent noted. “If you don’t play (sharp for) 48 minutes, they will take advantage of that because they have a good coach and they are well disciplined.”
Cameron Clark, who scored a PBA career-best 44 points in their last game, emphasized the importance of sharing the ball to get better shots. San Miguel Beer had 46 assists in their win over NorthPort.
“We have to share the ball for better shots,” said Clark.
On the other hand, Barangay Ginebra had a flat performance in their last game, ending their winning streak in the Commissioner’s Cup championship. They have had a good breather, and they are eager to bounce back with a win.