The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is scheduled for a Game 5 Finals match against the Meralco Bolts at 7:00 P.M. on January 17, 2020 live from the SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City.
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The Gin Kings is just one win away for them to take home the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup trophy while the Bolts are determined to push it to its series limits when the PBA Finals resumes tonight in MOA Arena.
Justin Brownlee may not be the best import in this conference yet in Game 4 he was more than impressive after he bombarded Meralco with his 27 points, eight rebounds, and eights assists.
That outing was so far the best all-around performance of Brownlee in this best-of-seven series.
Though the Gin Kings needed one more win to let the balloons and confetti drop from the rafters, yet, making a close-out is one of the difficult things to achieve according to coach Tim Cone.
“That’s the toughest thing to do in a series,” said Cone.
Ginebra ace point guard and the current holder of PBA’s Iron Man agreed on that notion.
“We have to be careful with that. Mahirap kalabanin ang team na their backs are against the wall,” said the man who is known as “Tenyente Tenorio”. “We know Meralco, kaya nilang manalo ng three straight sa amin. But it’s up to us not to make that happen. Nasa sa amin na yun kung gusto naming papanalunin sila ng three straight or we finish it on Friday,” he added.
For the Bolts, on the other hand, head coach Norman Black continues to throw surprises to their opponent. In Game 2 they unleashed their surprise by knocking down Ginebra from outside as several of Meralco’s role players went hot either from the perimeter or from downtown. In Game 4, they staged another one by inserting Raymond Almazan in their starting unit where almost everyone expected that “Rock-en-Roll Almazan” will be sidelined due to a knee injury he suffered in Game 3.
However, in that previous outing, the surprise didn’t work and coach Black was disappointed with the outcome of the said match.
“I’m a little bit embarrassed with the way the team played, the effort we gave. And for me it’s an embarrassment to the PBA that we came out and didn’t give them a better fight,” rued Black.
“As a basketball coach, I’m a little bit embarrassed by it, to be honest with you,” he added. “You can tell by my voice and my face that I’m not too happy right now.”