The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Meralco Bolts at 6:45 P.M. on October 18, 2020 live from the AUF Sports Arena & Cultural Center in Angeles City, Pampanga.
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The Gin Kings wanted to share the top spot of the standings along with the TNT Tropang Giga which now have a 3-0 slate while the Bolts are eyeing to make a back-to-back victory when the 2020 PBA All-Filipino Cup resumes this evening inside the PBA bubble in Angeles City.
Entering the PBA restart, Ginebra head coach Tim Cone admitted that his squad is still far from the usual game shape that helped them bagged the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup particularly Japeth Aguilar and LA Tenorio.
Yet, it only gave the other Ginebra players an opportunity to step up their game like those who usually plays as a role player and mostly lurking deep in their roster.
In their 2020 first conference opener, it was Aljon Mariano who stand out then he was followed by Prince Caperal who seems like he was possessed by the outside shooting skills of NBA great Dirk Nowitzki.
The result of their stellar outings was a 2-0 win-loss record.
“We feel like we’re gonna get better,” said Cone. “We’re not far… and I’m not talking about physical shape. So, if you can get them early and continue to improve and get better later on then you give yourself a better shot and get you a good seeding in the playoffs.”
For the Bolts, on the other hand, they’ll be facing once again their third conference tormentor and this time around no Allen Durham on their side.
At the same time, there’s no Justin Brownlee on the opposing side nor the Gin Kings’ sixth man support which is their never-say-die fans. With that, it makes the playing ground level.
“They’re always tough,” said Black. “They still have the size, not the size they normally have, but they have the talent…. It’s gonna be a tough match-up for us.”