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Ginebra ‘like the visiting team’ in sorry Game 2 loss, says Cone

Philip Matel
Ginebra ‘like the visiting team’ in sorry Game 2 loss, says Cone

SHACKLED. Ginebra star LA Tenorio gets limited to single digits in Game 2.

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Crowd-favorite Ginebra hopes to wrest control of the title series again after absorbing a 17-point Game 2 whipping against the Hong Kong-based Bay Area

MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra lost a great deal of focus and let the Bay Area Dragons control the majority of Game 2 of the 2022 PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals, says head coach Tim Cone.

“We didn’t have a whole lot of focus from the start, I felt,” Cone told reporters after their 99-82 loss that saw the best-of-seven series get tied at one game apiece on Wednesday, December 28.

“They got everything they wanted tonight and we can’t get anything that we wanted to do. They did a great job of disrupting.” 

“Coach Brian (Goorjian) did a great job selling to the press and selling to you guys and everybody else about the calls from last game,” Cone added. “Did a great job of selling it. And we knew we weren’t gonna get any calls tonight – it was like we were the visiting team tonight.”

Ginebra got dealt almost double the amount of fouls compared to the Dragons – 21 to 13 – causing a huge disparity in free throw attempts, 21 to 5.

Bay Area also smothered the Ginebra offense to 33 field goals on 38.4% shooting, highlighted by Justin Brownlee’s lone scoring expedition of 32 points.

“They played hard, we tried to get us into rhythm but they broke that rhythm and they got the win home,” said Brownlee of their opponents’ defense.

Skipper LA Tenorio, who fired a conference-high 22 points in Game 1, was held to just 8 points in Game 2.

Perhaps a feeling of invincibility was felt after securing that second straight win this conference against the Hong Kong-based guest, Cone said, but that went all for naught following the 17-point loss.

Reigning MVP Scottie Thompson, though, sees the one-week break as a welcome respite for Ginebra, especially for high-usage players like Best Import frontrunner Brownlee.

“They had a great adjustment coming into Game 2. We knew it was going to be hard and tough, but they had a beautiful adjustment… that’s the beauty of the series, we can adjust next time and stick to our coaching staff’s game plan,” said Thompson, who had 9 markers.

“It will be tougher since it’s the holidays. It’s the new year, another round of sacrifice to each and every one of us, especially to our families.”

Ginebra will try to wrest control of the title series again in Game 3 next Wednesday, January 4, at the Mall of Asia Arena. – Rappler.com

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