The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the NorthPort Batang Pier at 6:45 P.M. on November 17, 2019 live from Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.
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The Gin Kings wanted to extend their winning momentum to three consecutive victories while the Batang Pier are hoping that they’ll be able to snag a playoff ticket when the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup resumes this evening in Cubao.
Ginebra head coach Tim Cone came late but fortunately arrived prior to the tip-off of their match versus the Columbian Dyip last Friday.
For the first time in Cone’s 30 years stint in the PBA as a coach, it’s his first time to get a tardiness strike.
“It’s the first time in 30 years I missed a pre-game talk that someone else had to do it (for me),” said Cone. As a result, he got fined with pizza and cheese sticks.
“I have to buy pizza and cheese stick,” Cone said. “It’s a big fine. I have to treat the whole team,” he added.
Though he missed an opportunity for a pre-game talk with his team on that day, yet, his troops didn’t forget what was at stake. At the end of the match, Ginebra won and an automatic twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals is now locked for their squad.
For NorthPort on the other hand, they needed one more win for them to secure a playoff slot.
Currently, the Batang Pier is tied with Alaska Aces and Columbian Dyip with four wins. If Rain or Shine Elasto Painters able to trounce the Meralco Bolts then there’ll be three teams fighting for the last two slots moving to quarterfinals.
Christian Standhardinger and Michael Qualls led their squad versus NLEX Road Warriors in their last game, yet, for coach Pido Jarencio, he wanted more threats for them to have a good chance of beating Ginebra.
It will be also the first time that Stanley Pringle will face his former team and same thing for Kevin Ferrer, Sol Mercado, and Jervy Cruz.