The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel (BGSM) notched their 2nd straight win in the PBA Season 38 Philippine Cup. It's been quite some time since I saw Ginebra this good. Usually they're like Diesel. They usually find it hard to start a Conference on a high note. They lose some games before they start stringing up a couple of important and impressive Wins. But this time around it seems that they are more motivated to bring home the Philippine Cup Plum.
Their first victim this year was the GlobalPort Batang Pier and last night they beat the very tough Rain or Shine Elasto Painters squad, via 98-94.
Coming into this game, both teams are fresh from beating their respective opponents. I mentioned earlier that GSM Beat GlobalPort. ROS on the other hands defeated the Petron Blaze Boosters. That's why it's no surprise that this game turned out to be a highly contested one. Good for the fans of GSM. Their team got the better of ROS.
This game was tight from the first quarter up to the 4th period. To prove that, just take a look at the scoring per quarter: 30-30, 46-49, 69-67, 98-94.
LA Tenorio once again wowed the crowd as he perfectly orchestrated the somewhat electrifying run and gun style of the rejuvenated Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. He scored 20 big points in this game including a big three pointer and a floater over JR Quinahan. That very nice floater sealed the 2nd win of Ginebra.
Mark Caguioa on the other hand was the top scorer in this game for GSM. He also hit a big 3 pointer that electrified the Ginebra Crowd in the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. He had a total of 22 points for BGSM.
Jeff Chan was the main man for ROS in this game. He had the chance to tie the ballgame but he missed the three point attempt. He ended up having 25 big points for ROS.
With a right mix of electrifying rookies and veteran smarts, Ginebra is looking good and ready to go all the way this Conference.
GSM 98: Caguioa 22, Tenorio 20, Maierhofer 12, Raymundo 12, Maliksi 9, Wilson 6, Mamaril 6, Cortez 5, Ellis 2, Jensen 2, Helterbrand 2, Hatfield 0.
ROS 94: Chan 25, Matias 14, Norwood 11, Rodriguez 10, Cruz 7, Belga 7, Tang 6, Ibanes 6, Quinahan 5, Arana 3.
Scoring per quarter: 30-30, 46-49, 69-67, 98-94