The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is scheduled for a head-to-head Championship game against the Meralco Bolts at 7:00 P.M. on October 20, 2017 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
After three games of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, finally the Bolts able to snag one and they’re looking to tie the series when the game resumes tonight.
During the first quarter of Game 3, it seems that JustiN Brownlee is on his way for another demolishing night as he swat shots like flies. Two of those came from Allen Durham as his shots got blocked like volleyball spikes.
Adding to Meralco’s struggle was the opening quarter injury of Ranidel de Ocampo while Baser Amer wasn’t able to find his rhythm.
Coach Norman Black made adjustment and brought in Anjo Caram and Reynel Hugnatan.
Both players stepped up not only that they deliver the needed points but they sparked the team with their outside shooting which was absent in their last two outings.
“Little bad news is that I think we’ve lost Ranidel for the rest of the series due to a calf injury. It doesn’t look very good right now,” said Meralco coach Norman Black of De Ocampo who went down with an injury just eight minutes into the game.
“The good news is that the game became a lot easier as we made our shots. A lot of credit goes to Reynel who stepped up and made big shots for us,” Black also said.
With Hugnatan pouring shots from downtown, Ginebra’s defense needs to adjust which gave Allen Durham more space to operate inside the paint.
“Papa Rey he really came through really big for us,” Durham said. “It really stretched their defense out and I was able to get to the basket a little bit easier and that’s what happened tonight. Hopefully he can bring some more magic in Game 4,” he added.
“Nabulaga kami,” said LA Tenorio of Reynel Hugnatan’s 22-point explosion Wednesday.
“This may be the time coach Tim has been waiting for, because we’ve never made any adjustment from our semi-final series against TNT,” said Tenorio. “We have to adjust. We have to account Reynel now because Ranidel is injured.”
To spice up this year’s Governors’ Cup Finals, coach Tim Cone refused to do the customary end game handshake with coach Norman Black.
It all started when coach Black called a timeout with only 38 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and leading, 94-81. Coach Tim Cone didn’t joined his team in the huddle but instead he choose to stand and stared to his opponent’s bench.
“Everybody knows Tim is the leader in wins and championships in the PBA. I’ve never in my life made any effort to tell how to coach his team so I don’t need him helping mine. He didn’t shake my hands because he’s mad with the last timeout I called. That’s his problem, not mine,” said Black in the post-game interview Wednesday night.
The following day, Tim Cone issued an apology addressing his actions in Game 3.
“I regret my actions after Game Three ended. Yes, I was upset about the timeout that was called late in the game, but there is no one in the PBA that I respect more than Norman Black. I got caught up in the moment and could have handled it differently,” he said.
- Ginebra Vs Meralco – Game 1 | October 13, 2017 | PBA Finals Livestream – 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup
- Ginebra Vs Meralco – Game 2 | October 15, 2017 | PBA Finals Livestream – 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup
- Ginebra Vs Meralco – Game 3 | October 18, 2017 | PBA Finals Livestream – 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup
- Ginebra Vs Meralco – Game 5 | October 22, 2017 | PBA Finals Livestream – 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup
- Ginebra Vs Meralco – Game 6 | October 25, 2017 | PBA Finals Livestream – 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup
- Ginebra Vs Meralco – Game 7 | October 27, 2017 | PBA Finals Livestream – 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup