Here are the live scores, updates, and results of the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup between the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and the NLEX Road Warriors, scheduled on July 18, 2021, at 4:35 PM.
In their maiden match in the 46th Season of the PBA last Friday, the Road Warriors were forced by the Elasto Painters to a 34 percent field goal shooting and were denied the chance to steal the win at endgame.
The Road Warriors’ late-game rally was fueled by Kiefer Ravena and newcomer Don Trollano, with Ravena draining a three-pointer with 19 seconds left to get the club within 83-82.
With 10 seconds left, Ravena completed his third and final steal of the day-off a faulty throw by Gabe Norwood on an inbound pass, giving NLEX a chance to tie the game.
The Elasto Painters, on the other hand, denied the Road Warriors a good shot at the basket, forcing Semerad to take a difficult shot with the clock ticking away.
Ravena led the Road Warriors in scoring with 23 points, four assists, and seven rebounds in a loss. He and his squad will try to deny a winning start to Barangay Ginebra‘s title defense.
The Gin Kings will have the same lineup as last year’s Clark “bubble,” with the exception of Christian Standhardinger, who was acquired in a blockbuster trade with NorthPort in the offseason.
The last time these two teams met, seven players of Barangay Ginebra scored in double figures, defeating the Road Warriors, 102-92, to open the 2020 season restart in Pampanga.
Ginebra shot 48 percent from the field while holding the Road Warriors, who had the league’s best offense last season, to just 40 percent. NLEX also only made 8 of 33 long-range efforts.
In December 2020, the PBA held its last game, crowning Barangay Ginebra as Philippine Cup champion in a bubble in Clark, Pampanga.
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.
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.