The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Gin Kings is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the TNT Tropang Giga at 6:00 PM on December 2, 2020, live from the AUF Sports Arena and Cultural Center in Angeles City, Pampanga.
Now ahead of the series with a 1-0 card, the first-seeded Barangay Ginebra will try to shut down anew the Tropang Giga to become two wins away from claiming the reclaiming the All-Filipino conference title.
The last time out, the Tim Cone-head coach team defeated TNT via overtime, 100-94, to draw first blood in the PBA bubble finale.
It would have been a different story had TNT hold on to their 92-90 lead in the dying seconds of the fourth quarter; however, Arvin Tolentino sank an overtime-forging layup off an LA Tenorio pass. This later on led to an 8-2 rampage by the Gin King’s in the overtime.
With 19 seconds left on the clock, Tenorio feeds Aguilar for a dunk that essentially sealed the win for the Barangay Ginebra. The latter finished the game with huge 25 points and 14 rebounds, while the former churned out 12 points, 10 assists, and 5 rebounds.
For their part, Stanley Pringle finished with 24 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals, while Tolentino had 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals in his first PBA finals appearance. Similarly, the man who scored the most important point in his team’s semifinals bid, Scottie Thompson, also played a prolific performance in the win with 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists.
“We had a lot of contributions, and that is how it is going to have to be when we play this team – no one person is going to beat Talk ‘N Text, it is going to be a team,” said Cone.
“They did a pretty good job on Stanley, and we decided to give the ball to LA, and he made good decisions. LA is used to that kind of situation, and we trust him,” Cone added.
Bobby Ray Parks Jr. led anew his ward with 20 points, 5 steals, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks in a losing effort. Roger Pogoy and Jay Washington put up 19 and 14 points, respectively, while Jayson Castro chimed in 12 points and 5 assists.
Unfortunately for TNT head coach Bong Ravena, Tropang Giga’s top gun — who is averaging 22.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.3 steals per game for a league-leading 38.3 statistical points average through the semis — is highly unlikely to play for Game 2 as he sustained a strained calf muscle.
“Ray is highly doubtful to play in Game Two. We are hoping he could play on Friday,” said the TNT team after getting the result of Parks’ MRI test at the nearby Medical City.
“We should learn from Game One, and hopefully, it will be a different ball game on Wednesday,” he added.