The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is scheduled for a head-to-head semi-finals round game against the Talk ‘N Text KaTropa at 6:15 P.M. on July 28, 2019 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
The KaTropa punched the Game 1 of their semi-finals round with the Gin Kings. Now the pressure is on the Barangay squad to make their response when the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup resumes this evening at the Big Dome.
Turnovers are one of the main culprits why Ginebra lost the series opener. Indeed they committed 19 turnovers but the errors they made in the last quarter cost them a lot.
“I think turnovers, for sure, hurt us,” Brownlee said. “We got out to a lead and I think we got a good rhythm and I know I made some turnovers.”
With less than two minutes remaining in the final quarter, indeed Brownlee turned the ball over after Terrence Jones swiped the rock from him and converted it to a two-point basket.
“We have to keep our turnovers down and try to move the ball and focus on everybody getting involved,” said Brownlee.
Getting down in the series isn’t new for coach Tim Cone and for his Ginebra squad. They’re positive that they can make a quick bounce back.
“Yeah, we’re down, but this is not foreign territory for us. We know what it’s like to be down in a series. We would have preferred we won Game 1 for sure,” Cone said.
For Talk ‘N Text on the other hand, though they were able to take the 1-0 series advantage, they lost Anthony Semerad on the process after he collided with Justin Brownlee as the two players fought for a loose ball.
Semerad injured his shoulder and he won’t be available in tonight’s match.
In lieu of Semerad, TNT consultant Mark Dickel has trust in his supporting cast and has the capability to perform in important games.
“We have a lot of players that I have a lot of confidence in,” said Dickel. “So it’s an opportunity for Don Trollano and Ryan Reyes and Brian Heruela.”