The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is scheduled for a best-of-seven finals Game 2 against the San Miguel Beermen at 6:30 P.M. on July 29, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Gin Kings took Game 1 of the best-of-seven Finals series against the defending champion, the San Miguel Beermen in a blowout fashion. It’s expected that Game 2 will now be more intense as SMB looking to even the score at 1-1 afer the last buzzer of the game.
Justin Brownlee exploded with 42 points in their series opener bout. Brownlee easily beat his defender as he shoots a whooping 17-of-19 from the field. Regardless which player SMB’s coach Leo Austria thrown to him, he continously do his scoring damage.
For sure, San Miguel is now brewing a major adjustment in his basketball system and one of it is most likely the “how to clamp down Brownlee”.
Ginebra coach Tim Cone is expecting this strategy alteration of their opponent and he has some surprises to reveal as well once the curtain is raised in the Smart Araneta Coliseum this evening.
“It’s about mindset. We know they will make adjustments. We should not panic. We have to stay calm as we go along,” said Cone.
“But we’re not coming out doing the same thing either. We’ll try to continue keeping them off balance,” Cone added.
One of the biggest spotlights of this championship game is the clash of the PBA Titans. The June Mar Fajardo versus Greg Slaughter is what fans are also after for.
For the Beermen, their Kraken who is their go-to-guy in their hi-low offense was only limited to 13 points while Slaughter had 11 marker.
Each time Fajardo made a basket Slaughter will make his counter-attack. Overall both of these gentle giants had a similar stats as they also grabbed 12 and 7 rebounds respectively.
“Nobody can stop June Mar unless you double him. But we somehow limited him. That’s what you can ask for. If you can do that, that’s a huge bonus and luxury other teams don’t have except us,” said Cone.