This is the clash of the two SMC teams, Ginebra and Petron. This game was a game of spurts. In the first half Ginebra was the one who's aggressive in defense and in offense but in the second half Jeremy Wise of petron and Rabeh Al-Hussaini were awakened by the challenge that Ginebra waged in the first half. Those two players of Petron proved to all the Petron fans that if they want to win, they can win. They beat Ginebra with a double-digit lead, 100 to 89.
Curtis Stinson had 22 points in this game. Almost all his points came in the first half. He was silenced by the highly physical defense of Petron in the second half. He was getting his shots in the first half but in the second half he was defended well by his rival Jeremy Wise and by the pesky defender Jojo Duncil. The momentum of the Kings was shifted to Petron in the second half. Stinson suddenly became cold while Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Jeremy Wise handled the scoring for Petron in the second half. Wise only had 4 points in the first half of this game but in the second half he scored 17 points to help seal the deal for Petron. The Top Dog, Rabeh, had 21 points, 7 rebounds and 1 steal. He's untouchable in this game. He showed his Duncan like moves. But overall, it was really Petron's defense that stopped Ginebra's offense.
Yancy De Ocampo was not a factor in this game for Ginebra. This is the scariest part for Ginebra. If Yancy will not be consistent in his play, Ginebra will not be a contender. He only had 8 points in this game. They need more production coming from the 6'9 Yancy De Ocampo. On the defensive side he's also a failure as he can't stop Rabeh Al-Hussaini's Tim Duncan moves in the paint. Jump hooks from almost all of the points in the shaded lane, that's what Rabeh did against the defense of Yancy.
With Jay Washington out for Petron, Mick Pennisi and Arwind Santos stepped up. Mick did heavy rebounding for Petron. He also made some important outside shots. As a result he had 14 points in this game. Arwind Santos on the other hand, had his minutes going without Jay Washington. He was able to play longer than the usual. He had 13 points in this game. He was beasting in the shaded lane. He also had some blocks in this game. Danny Ildefonso is also out for Petron that's why Santos had to show more of his inside game for his team. So far it has produced good things for Petron. Arwind is back into his original form when he was still playing for FEU.
Congratulations to Petron as they notch their second consecutive win in the Governor's Cup while Ginebra on the other hand, suffered their first ever lost in the tournament.
Here are the complete scores.
Petron Blaze Boosters 100 – Wise 21, Al-Hussaini 21, Pennisi 14, Santos 13, Cabagnot 11, Tugade 9, Salvacion 5, Duncil 2, Yeo 2, Hubalde 2, Guevarra 0.
Barangay Ginebra Kings 89 – Stinson 22, Caguioa 17, Intal 15, Cortez 12, De Ocampo 8, Miller 5, Wilson 4, Rodriguez 3, Tubid 2, Wilson 1, Menk 0.