The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is scheduled for a best-of-seven finals Game 3 against the San Miguel Beermen at 7:00 P.M. on August 1, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Best-of-Seven series is now reduced to Best-of-Five series after the Beermen stormed back in Game 2 to even the score with 1-1 against their sister company, the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.
Well speaking about sister teams, these ball-clubs shown no love with each other in their previous bout. There were five players who got slapped with technical fouls due to technical fouls.
Arwin Santos, Chriss Ross and Renaldo Balkman were the players from San Miguel while Kevin Ferrer and Joe Devance for the Ginebra camp.
Due to the infraction committed by Santos and Ross, they were ejected from the game with just five minutes in the fourth quarter. Good thing for the Beermen that they have piled a huge lead in the first three quarters and avoided the comeback of the team “Never-Say-Die”.
As everyone has expected, coach Leo made an adjustment in Game 2 and worked like a charm for them. One of that adjustments was to insert Alex Cabagnot in his starting five.
Cabagnot led the SMB attack and most of his damage came from the three-point area. The “Crunchman” delivered a total of 33 points and nine assists.
“We watched extensive film and I’m glad that we made the right adjustments and it worked. (But) not necessarily it’s gonna work on Wednesday so we still have to stay ahead of the learning curve, maybe we could continue what we did today,” said Alex Cabagnot.
Five players from SMB scored at least 20 points in that win. Christian Standhardinger for the first time in his pro-career scored 20+ points in a back-to-back games. Good timing from the top overall pick rookie.
Ginebra’s import Justin Brownlee continue his high-percentage shooting last Sunday and delivered 29 point for his squad but not enough to make a 2-0 advantage in their Finals series.
“They came out and played tough, played very hard and tonight, showed why they’re winning a lot of championships in the past,” said Brownlee.