The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is scheduled for a best-of-five semi-finals Game 2 against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters at 7:00 P.M. on July 19, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Gin Kings are looking to continue their hot streak and take a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-five series against Rain or Shine, however, the Elasto Painters will try to step them when PBA resumes tonight at the Big Dome.
Finally, Jeff Chan has put some show which the Barangay Ginebra fans are waiting since his arrival to the team NSD. Chan torched the nets in their Game 1 showdown with Rain or Shine by scoring 21 points and shoots 3-of-5 from the rainbow territory.
Chan was acquired by Ginebra in a trade at the end of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup and was a former member of Elasto Painters where he won three championships.
“Medyo kumportable na ako,” he explained. “Medyo nakukuha ko na pero not fully. The other day nag-usap naman kami ni coach Tim (Cone) regarding sa role ko, so medyo nabigyan ako ng ilaw,” he said.
“Happy ako, syempre, kasi nakuha namin yung Game 1. Pero first game lang yun, may two games pa kami,” Chan added.
To add more woes to Rain or Shine, Ginebra athletic power-forward Japeth Aguilar is also set to return after suffering a minor injury he incurred during their quarterfinals game versus the Meralco Bolts.
Initially, Ginebra management thought that the injury severe but after eveluation they found out that it’s only a minor swell.
Gin Kings coach Tim Cone opted to rest Aguilar in Game 1 to avoid aggravating his injury. He turned to Greg Slaughter, Joe Devance and Raymond Aguilar to keep Reggie Johnson feasting inside the paint.
“We’re being very cautious with him for two reasons. One, is that we want to make sure that he plays in this series. We don’t want him to play one game and miss all the rest. We’d rather he miss one game and play all the rest,” said Cone.
“And also, he’s a national team player. So we don’t wanna mess with him as a national player as well. We want to make sure he stays healthy,” he added.
For the Rain or Shine camp on the other hand, James Yap is confident that his team can make a comeback and tie the series to 1-1. Yap who made a rare four-point play in the second quarter scored a total of 15 points in their series opener.
“Kayang-kaya pa yan. Makakabawi kami,” Yap vowed.