The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is scheduled for a best-of-five semi-finals Game 3 against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters at 6:30 P.M. on July 21, 2018 live from the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Gin Kings versus Elasto Painters semi-finals series is now reduced to best-of-three as both teams has an even score of 1-1. Winning game 3 will not only puts a team ahead but will also carry a winning momentum.
Just like any winning streak, it will come to a point that it’ll end and that what exactly happen to Ginebra in Game 2. Their eight games in a row wins are now put into full stop behind the hot shootings of James Yap.
Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia shook his team’s passion in basketball and it did work for the Elasto Painters.
“I told them to play with more heart, be more physical, show some desire to get those hustle points, hustle back on defense,” related Garcia.
“I think in the first game kumbaga sumasabay lang kami sa kanila. When they had that good start medyo nawala composure namin,” he added.
Barangay Ginebra is off target in their game last Thursday especially from the rainbow territory. They have attempted to use the long bomb weapon in order to catch-up RoS but the ball continue to rim-out.
On the other hand, Rain or Shine’s hoop seems became wide for them as Reggie Johnson and James Yap able to convert event two-steps away from the three-point arc.
“We just tried to win the game by shooting 3s that didn’t go in down the stretch. Theirs did, ours didn’t,” said Gin Kings coach Tim Cone.
For Ginebra import Justin Browlee, he thought that the tough defense and RoS’ physical game were the key on how they got beaten.
“They played tough defense. They did nothing unexpected. We definitely expect them to play physical and play harder. Any time a team loses Game 1 of the playoffs, they are going to come out harder and aggressive,” said Brownlee.