Here are the live scores, updates, and results of the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup between the TNT Tropang Giga and the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Gin Kings, scheduled on November 29, 2020, at 6:00 PM.
With their burning desires to be the successor to dethroned five-time defending champion San Miguel Beermen, the first-seeded Gin Kings and third-seeded Tropang Giga will fight for that distinction, starting Sunday night in a best-of-seven title showdown at the Angeles University Foundation Sports Arena & Cultural Center Powered by Smart 5G.
“I think we’re the slight underdogs as they’ve been playing pretty well. They’re well-coached, and they’ve got Jayson (Castro) who is the difference-maker,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone.
“Playing against Ginebra is tough. They have a coach who’s very experienced, especially in the finals. We were outplayed by them in the elims. We will do our best to play well,” said TNT head coach Bong Ravena.
Having gone through the same grueling five-game route to punching a ticket to the All-Filipino finals, TNT and Ginebra enter their finals clash on an equal footing.
Last Friday, Tropang Giga defeated the second-seeded Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters, 91-81, to close out their semifinals duel.
Bobby Ray Parks Jr. once again lead his squad with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists, with 15 of his points coming in the fourth quarter that was mainly responsible for keeping Phoenix at bay.
Four other TNT players finished with at least 11 points, including Roger Pogoy, Simon Enciso, Jay Washington, and Jayson Castro.
Meanwhile, in a broken play, Scottie Thompson made a huge three-pointer in the dying seconds of their semis do-or-die duel against the Meralco Bolts to cap a near triple-double performance and lift the Gin Kings to the PBA finale with an 83-80 nail-biter victory.
Stanley Pringle (22 points and eight rebounds), LA Tenorio (14 and five), and Japeth Aguilar (12 and eight) also provided a huge lift for Ginebra.
In comparison, Tropang Giga is better on the offensive side, averaging 98.2 points while Ginebra averages only 85.6. Defensively, however, the Gin Kings have the edge, allowing their rivals to a mere 45.9% clip and yielding only 85.6 points a game.
With just a one day rest after dispatching their very promising semis foe, aside from offense vs. defense, it is going to be a mental game as well.