The Ginebra Gin Kings almost used all their players to match Talk 'n Text's run and gun offense, thankfully their bench players responded. And as a result they won the second game of the PBA Finals with the score of 108-106. They have now tied the finals series with 1 game a piece. It was a very close game all through out. You can't hardly hear the commentators speak because of the overwhelming shouts and drums of the crowd. Majority of the crowd wore color yellow in the Araneta Coliseum. The Ginebra fans were not that many compared to TNT's fans in the coliseum. TNT's 12 game winning streak has just ended. That's the most painful thing for TNT.
Nate Brumfield was too slow to help his team's cause on defense and so Coach Jong was forced to use Erick Menk. Menk responded with the call. Menk had 15 points. Brumfield still had 27 points but he is not a great defensive player in this game. He left Ranidel De Ocampo free several times. He must be quicker next time so that he will not become the liability of his team.
The two new speedsters of Ginebra are John Wilson and Roberts Labagala. Wilson, a sweet shooting standout of the Jose Rizal University ignited the run for Ginebra. He had 16 points, highlighted by a three point play that erased TNT's unstoppable import, Paul Harris. Harris received his 6th and final foul in this game because of Wilson. His three-point play gave Ginebra a 3 point lead, 104 to 101 with 107 seconds left on the game clock. Wilson was also able to defend Paul Harris very well. Labagala, a former UE player is the new energizer bunny of Ginebra. He never stops pressuring Jimmy Alapag all the way from one side of the court to another. I wonder how this kid trains and what diet does he have. I would pay just to know his secret.
The game was too close and it came down to one last crucial possession. Ginebra gave the ball to Willie Miller. Miller showed some great dribbling towards the basket and he was fouled by Ryan Reyes. 18 seconds remaining in the game, Willie had the chance to increase their lead but he missed both his free throws leaving the door open to TNT.
Jimmy Alapag decided to take a three point shot to tie the game but he was defended really well by the defense minister of Ginebra, Rudy "The H-Bomb" Hatfield.
Coach Jong changed his game plan in this game. He put in big players when TNT put small players and vice versa.