The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is scheduled for a head-to-head quarterfinals game against the Meralco Bolts at 7:00 P.M. on July 9, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
If the earlier game was a rematch of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup then this game is the rematch of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup between the Gin Kings and the Bolts.
In their last and lone meetings during the elimination round, Meralco went vicotrious as they spoiled the comeback of Justin Brownlee to Ginebra lineup.
Brownlee who replaced Charles Garcia is the lucky charm and the main offensive weapon of coach Tim Cone as he perfectly fit in the triangle offense.
Currently Ginebra is on a roll and on their five game winning streak. It’s a perfect timing to start the playoffs.
“We’ll not be satisfied and we’ll continue to focus on getting better,” said Brownlee.
However, in this current tournament, Brownlee and the entire Gin Kings will have a bigger problem and that is Meralco’s import Arinze Onuaku.
Unlike Allen Durham, Onuaku is bigger and meaner and can pose a big threat inside the shaded lane.
“We’re familiar foes. We’ve battle each other a lot in the playoffs over recent years, and every series has been close and tight with incredible moments,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone.
“Meralco is always especially good when they have a dominant inside import, and Onuaku is definitely that. Our ability to defend the paint will be crucial,” Cone also said.