The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is scheduled for a Game 3 Championship round head-to-head match against the Talk ‘N Text TNT Tropang Giga at 5:45 PM on April 14, 2023 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum at Quezon City, Metro Manila.
The Tropang Giga was able to tie the series to 1-all and converted their championship round to a best-of-five showdown. Now that the playing field is leveled again, both teams will try to snag the upper hand while putting pressure on the losing squad after tonight’s final buzzer.
The PBA Governors’ Cup Finals are tied at 1-1 as Barangay Ginebra Kings and TNT Tropang Giga are set to face each other in Game 3. The two teams have had an intense battle so far, with each team getting a win apiece. The Kings won the series opener 102-90, while the Tropang Giga bounced back in Game 2 with a 95-82 victory. The stage is set for an exciting matchup, and the players and coaches are ready for it.
The Kings’ Justin Brownlee, who had a poor shooting performance in Game 2, has promised to bounce back in Game 3. Brownlee shot only 18.8 percent from the field and was unable to make a single three-point shot, ending his streak of 77 consecutive games with at least one three-point attempt. Brownlee is determined to put his bad performance behind him and help his team win Game 3.
“I felt like I could have come out and played a lot better, mostly myself. I felt like I kind of let my team down as an import. I had good moments in other areas, but putting those common numbers for an import, I just have to be better,” said Brownlee.
His coach, Tim Cone, is confident that Brownlee will return strong in Game 3. “I never worried about him having a tough night because he always responds for us. We’re not worried about Justin. He’s the last of our worries,” said Cone.
On the other hand, the Tropang Giga is coming off a dominant performance in Game 2, where they shot 15-of-35 from beyond the arc. The team bounced back from their poor shooting performance in Game 1, where they shot only 9-of-35 from three-point range.
“We decided not to take it lightly, and Rondae (Hollis-Jefferson) was everything for us tonight,” said TNT coach Jojo Lastimosa.
The Tropang Giga has several players who can light it up from beyond the arc, including Calvin Oftana, Mikee Williams, RR Pogoy, Glenn Khobuntin, and Jayson Castro. The Kings will have to be ready to defend the three-point line and limit the Tropang Giga’s outside shooting if they want to win Game 3.
The coaches and players from both teams are aware of the stakes of this game and are ready to give it their all. It’s going to be an exciting matchup, and fans can expect a high level of intensity from both teams.
“This is what we live for, this is what we play for, and this is what we work for,” said Cone. “We’re excited to get out there and play. It’s going to be a great game.”