The Barnagay Ginebra San Miguel is scheduled for a best-of-seven semi-finals series against the San Miguel Beermen at 6:30 P.M. on March 11, 2018 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Gin Kings are aiming to even the series at 1-1 after its below average performance in Game 1 while the Beermen are focused on a 2-0 edge and pin down their opponent as the semis resume for both clubs.
The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel may continue to play tonight without their big-man Greg Slaughter. The seven footer who is also known as “the GregZilla” can make a difference for Gin Kings squad just like his counterpart June Mar Fajardo.
“It’s very frustrating but I try not to let it get the best of me. Right now I need to heal and get my ankle okay so I can get back out there,” Slaughter said. “No point in just moping around. I have to stay positive and try to get healthy again.”
Coach Tim Cone also has no definite answer when he was asked after Game 1 when will Slaughter will join the team.
“We don’t know yet. I hope he will get back at some point. I can’t tell you whether he’s gonna be ready for next game or not,” said Cone. “He hasn’t to get on the court yet to practice, so at this point its still gonna be a couple more days before we get him back,” added Cone.
Ginebra was successful on containing June Mar Fajardo as “the Kraken” only logged nine points and seven rebounds. However, Fajardo is wise enough to pass it back to his guards or look of an open shooters.
San Miguel got big contribution from their bench as Von Pessumal and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser added a combined 26 points.
“We believe that we’re as capable as the first group,” Pessumal said. “Dapat ganun yung mindset ng bench diba? When we come in, dapat sustain or even high yung level ng play namin so that when the starters come back, it would be easier for them to close out the game.”
Pessumal logged his career-high in scoring and coach Leo Austria is very happy about it.
“Si Von talagang I’m waiting for him to deliver. Talagang breakout niya ito para sa amin. He’s a big help,” said Austria.
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