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 27, 2017 live from the Philippine Arena, Bulacan.
The most exciting and the most rare event to happen in any Best-of-Seven series… and that is the Game 7 ladies and gentlemen.
This is the moment where player’s individual stats and team records during the pre-championship round are a no factor. It all boils down to team’s attitude, the most hungry team that wanted the championship trophy will be crowned tonight.
“Yung Game 7 hindi na tungkol sa stats or game plan yan,” said Ginebra guard LA Tenorio. “Yung mananalo yung mas gutom na team,” he added.
Coach Tim Cone also cited that even experience in playing a Game 7 in the PBA Finals won’t play major factor.
“I’m not sure experience will go into a Game 7,” said Cone. “Game Seven is an animal all by itself. It’s truly a 50-50 game that’s why you don’t want to play a Game 7,” he added. “It’s anybody’s game at this point.”
“Norman (Black) certainly has his share of Game 7, so I’m not sure experience will play in this one,” he added.
For coach Norman Black who is seeking a back-to-back wins against Ginebra and eventually take home the trophy expects that their opponent will make another adjustment to stop them achieving their goal.
“We have to do it again. But one thing I know about coach Tim (Cone), you can’t do the same thing twice against him,” said Black.
In Game 6, there was no winning shot from Justin Brownlee which many of the Ginebra faithfuls waited to see similar to what he did in last year’s finals series.
However, what all of the 53,642 did see was the hot shooting of Reynel Hugnatan who dropped 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting. Hugnatan who made modification in his game and now one of the best three-point shooters in the league.
“Di lang importante sa akin, pati yung sa Meralco kasi kung makuha namin, first time ng franchise ‘to,” said Hugnatan, who rediscovered the fountain of youth after Ranidel de Ocampo went down with a series-ending injury.
“Sakin din importante (ang manalo ng championship), siyempre tumatanda na tayo, di natin alam kailan pa ulit magpa-finals ang Meralco so, kumbaga may chance kami makuha ‘to. Sana,” he added.
Apart from Hugnatan, Garvo Lanete is another Bolts player who gave his team in a good start. In the first half, Meralco led as much as 20 points that gave Ginebra difficulty to complete a comeback.
Sol Mercado who got injured in Game 4 after his chased-down-block against Jared Dillinger may return tonight.
“Obviously we really missed him. I don’t know. He was walking pretty well, he’s still on a boot but that’s more of a precautionary. We’ll test him out in practice and see where he is. I wouldn’t say he’s a lock to play, but I can’t say he’s 100 percent sure he wouldn’t play. Most likely he’ll be a game time decision,” said Cone.
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