The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is scheduled for a Game 3 Semi-Finals match against the NorthPort Batang Pier at 7:00 P.M. on December 18, 2019 live from Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.
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The best-of-five series is now reduced to only best-of-three after the Gin Kings even the series score to 1-all last Monday.
In Game 1, Barangay Ginebra got clobbered by the Batang Pier by a hammering 24-point victory.
Coach Pido Jarencio and his squad might have exploited the not-so-well-prepared Gin Kings as most of its players and even coaches just arrived on their mother-club coming from the 2019 SEA Games.
Ginebra head coach Tim Cone admitted that their stint in the 30th Southeast Asian Games affected their semis opener outing.
“I don’t know exactly what happened. We didn’t get seem to have much time to prepare,” said Cone. “Everything came so quickly after the Southeast Asian Games.”
Most of the key players of the Gin Kings were part of the Gilas Pilipinas that won the gold medal and when they rejoined the rest of the squad, it’s only few days and the second round of the third conference playoffs has begun.
“We couldn’t really figure out exactly what we want to do in terms of scheming or what we want to do defensively,” he added.
Yet, it seems like their semi-finals opener was a blessing in disguise for Ginebra as it helped them to wake up. As a result, a whopping 25-point win.
“Today was a lot better,” Cone said. “I thought we came out and did a better job of understanding of what we want to do and executing what we want to do.”
For the Batang Pier side on the other hand, it’s now their turn to make adjustment. Their zone defense which was very effective in Game 1 got crushed in Game 2 as Justin Brownlee and the other Ginebra shooters went loose.
Likewise, the inside penetration of Michael Qualls was well-defended.