The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the NLEX Road Warriors at 5:00 P.M. on August 5, 2017 live from Calasiao Sports Complex, Pangasinan.
The defending champion Gin Kings are looking to extend its winning streak to three and will test the rejuvenated Road Warriors in PBA out-of-town game.
NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao considered their game against Ginebra as a reality check. The match in Pangasinan will be a true test for them if really now a contender game after winning four games in a row.
“We have four wins pero hindi ko pa rin alam kung totoo ba talaga ito o nagkukunyari lang kami. The Ginebra game is a good test for us,” said Guiao ahead of their game against the Gin Kings set at 5 p.m. at the Calasiao Sports Complex.
So far the much tougher team that the Road Warriors fought this 2017 PBA Governor’s Cup was the Phoenix Petroleum Fuel Masters (2-2). While the other teams that they have beaten (Rain or Shine, Alaska and Kia) are currently at the bottom of the standings.
“It’s a nice win for us and we’re starting to look like a team. We’re winning games in the endgame. We’re able to hold our own and we’re pulling through in crisis situation. It’s a good sign for a team that’s really just trying to put it together,” said Guiao.
With the return of Greg Slaughter in the Ginebra lineup, coach Tim Cone wasted no time and introduced back the triangle offense. So far, the offensive play that gave him multiple championships now produced back-to-back wins.
In their last outing against Kia, the “Never-Say-Die” team dished out a league high 39 assists and whipped the Picantos with a massive lead, 120-99.
“The triangle is a good formula for us right now. We’re creating a lot of shots. We’re showing good ball movement and running a good tempo,” Cone said.