Here are the live scores, updates, and results of the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup between the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and the Blackwater Bossing, scheduled on July 23, 2021, at 3:00 PM.
In their maiden match as defending champions anew, the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel was drubbed by the NLEX Road Warriors, 94-75.
The defending champions put forth a lackluster performance in the early going, falling behind 12-0 in the first quarter.
Christian Standhardinger, who was making his Barangay Ginebra debut, was limited to only eight points but had ten boards in the team’s loss.
Japeth Aguilar had 15 points and five rebounds, and LA Tenorio had 10 points and five rebounds.
Scottie Thompson led Barangay Ginebra with 12 rebounds to go along with his 12 points.
“C-Stan struggled during the game. It’s different from our practices of course. But he’s a smart player and knows what was lacking and I expect him to bounce back,” said Tenorio of their new teammate, who they got from a big-man trade with Northport for Greg Slaughter.
For his part, Aguilar emphasized how they never got a chance to soar in their season-opening PBA tournament game.
“We were outworked and we lacked effort, especially on defense,” he said.
The Gin Kings are trying to rebound against the Blackwater Bossing, who have dropped their first two assignments and are hunting for their first win of the tournament as well.
So far, the Nash Racela-coached Bossing has been led by the trio of Simon Enciso, Kelly Nabong, and Ed Daquioag.
Enciso leads the team in scoring with 15 points per game, followed by Nabong (12 points and eight rebounds) and Daquioag (11 points).
In its previous match, Blackwater handed the win to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 71-62.
Despite holding Rain or Shine to only 10 points in the fourth quarter, Bossing’s comeback attempt fell short, as they were held scoreless in the final two minutes of the game.
Blackwater’s big man Nabong led the way with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Daquioag chipped in with 10 points as the Nash Racela-coached club remains winless after two games.
When these two teams played in the PBA bubble last year, October 15, Prince Caperal delivered for Barangay Ginebra, as they defeated the then Blackwater Elite (now Bossing) 103-99. Caperal was on fire from downtown, scoring 24 points on 5-of-7 shooting as the Gin Kings.
The All-Filipino Cup will proceed to the quarterfinals in its customary format, with the top eight teams advancing. Against the eighth and seventh seeds, the top two seeds will have a twice-to-beat advantage. Meanwhile, in a best-of-three series, No. 3 will face No. 6, and No. 4 will face No. 5. Best-of-seven matches will be played in the semifinals and finals.
Unlike last season’s setup, the league will have a closed-circuit system for the Philippine Cup this time, with teams, league employees, and the media encouraged to keep a venue-home pattern to limit COVID-19 exposure.
The games will be held four times a week. The conference is also scheduled to go through the end of October.