The Barnagay Ginebra San Miguel is scheduled for a best-of-seven semi-finals series against the San Miguel Beermen at 7:00 P.M. on March 13, 2018 live from the Mall of Asia Arena.
Down at 0-2 the Gin Kings emergency button most probably is now pressed in order to make a series comeback while the Beermen are looking for a three-game winning streak and totally control their semis match.
With a lead as much as 15 points in Game 2, Barangay Ginebra looked poised to win the game and then even their series at 1-1. However, Arwind Santos and Marcio Lassiter have different plans in their minds as they helped their team to make a surge and beat their opponent.
Santos’ late three-pointer in the fourth quarter sent the game into overtime while Lassiter’s tip-in off from a June Mar Fajardo’s missed layup sealed the game in the extra five minutes period.
Unlike in Game 1 where coach Tim Cone’s boys played a tired basketball game, in Game 2 they came in re-energized but unable to protect the lead they have piled early in the game. SMB’s coach Leo Austria is expecting another surprise from Gin Kings as their semis match resumes tonight.
“Malamang na may mas malaking pambulaga sila sa Game Three at kailangan namin paghandaan ‘yan,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria.
Without a doubt it was Prince Caperal was the surprise by coach Tim Cone in their second bout in the semi-finals round. Caperal managed to score and led his team with 26 points along with his eight rebounds.
“Dahil wala si Greg kailangan talaga naming mag-step up at nataon namang pumapasok ‘yun mga shots ko. Masya ako dahil nakatulong ako sa team although natalo kami,” said Caperal in a post game interview.
Greg Slaughter’s availability is still questionable, the first overall pick of Ginebra back in 2013 still nursing an injury. With that situation to Ginebra’s center, June Mar Fajardo misses his rivalry with the man known as “the GregZilla”.
“Nakakamiss kasi di kami madalas naglalaban,” said Fajardo. “Di naman talaga maiiwasan yung injury. Dati nung healthy siya, ako naman ang na-injured pero ganun talaga,” he added.
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