MANILA, Philippines – Who will advance to the PBA Philippine Cup Finals?
After 6 grueling meetings, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and San Mig Super Coffee Mixers slug it out for one last time this conference with a championship appearance at stake.
Game time is 8:00 pm at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
What went right for Ginebra: Ginebra’s veterans came to life in Game 6, with Mark Caguioa leading 4 Kings in double-figures with his 21 points on 60% shooting. LA Tenorio added 16 points while Greg Slaughter hit a big basket late in the game as part of his 20-point, 11-rebound production.
What went wrong for San Mig: James Yap was slapped with a crucial reach-in foul in the dying seconds of the match which turned into two free throws for Caguioa that gave Ginebra a one-point edge. Marc Pingris appeared to be on his way to another colossal night with 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists in 41 minutes but failed to draw support from other bigs. Joe Devance was visibly missing, scoring just 3 points.
Keys to Victory
Ginebra: Coach Ato Agustin’s boys outrebounded the Mixers, 45-38 on Game 6. They must continue dominate the boards to control the match. Production from veterans like Caguioa, Tenorio, and Helterbrand will also be a huge help if they want to advance to the final round.
San Mig: Coach Tim Cone’s wards shot a decent 47.5% from the field but were just 11 of 19 from the free throw line. Pingris was also the lone spark for most of the second half; the Mixers had their chances in the end but Ginebra’s defense limited San Mig’s looks.
Ginebra: Mac Baracael
Ginebra’s outside sniper was on target in Game 6, knocking down 3 of 4 triples. His crosshair must remain on the basket if the Kings want to succeed tonight.
San Mig: Ian Sangalang, Joe Devance
The no. 2 overall pick Sangalang scored 12 points in just 20 minutes of play, a key reason for San Mig’s first half cushion. Devance meanwhile must be more productive on the offensive end to boost the Mixers’ hopes.
What this game means: It’s do or die now for both squads. Ginebra is still chasing for their first championship in over half a decade now and this the stepping stone towards achieving that. San Mig has gone a long way despite a 1-5 start and this is their golden chance to barge into the finals. Expect a war between both teams in the Manila Clasico semis finale. – Rappler.com