The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Meralco Bolts at 7:00 P.M. on June 1, 2018 live from the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Gin Kings are desperate on getting back to winning tracks and make a quick bounce back while the Bolts will probably looking to avenge their last year’s Governors’ Cup loss as well as improving their current win-loss record in the ongoing 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
PBA fan favorite, Barangay Ginebra are facing a very tough schedule and the result of these games can dictate the fate of the “Never-Say-Die” team this conference. Today, they’ll be facing the Meralco Bolts led by their hefty import Arinze Onuako and in this coming Sunday they’ll be clashing with the rejuvenated San Miguel Beermen.
“We have a tough make or break weekend ahead and we need a sense of urgency since we’re pulling up the rear in the standings,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone.
To address the situation, Ginebra released Charles Garcia who was reported playing well during the team’s practice games and was an integral part of coach Tim Cone’s triangle offense but this wasn’t produced good results to Gin Kings. Garcia was 1-3 with his stint in Ginebra.
Most likely he is now one of the favorites of Filipino basketball fans, not only that he led Ginebra on winning back-to-back trophies of Governor’s Cup, he also helped San Miguel Alab Pilipinas secure the 2017 ASEAN Basketball Leageu (ABL) championship trophy. Brownlee got a phone call to Ginebra and he will be now their import this conference.
“Needless to say, we’re all very happy that Justin is back with us and 100 percent healthy. He gives us, players and coaching staff, confidence and renewed energy, and we’re hoping his presence will get us over the hump this weekend,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone.
Meanwhile, Meralco Bolts will have a welcome back game as Ranidel de Ocampo will be returning to PBA action. RDO who was spent most of his time in the sidelines after got traded to Meralco. He missed the remainder of the 2017 Governors’ Cup Finals due to injuries and in the 2017-18 PBA Philippine Cup, de Ocampo suffered another setback after he injuring his achilles.
Arinze Onuako probably thinking his forgetful struggle from the charity stripes against the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok. Onuako made 5-of-21 from the free-throw line where there opponent took advantage. If he only made at least another three shots they could have won that game.