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    Ginebra tries to finish off SMB and finally end Comm’s Cup title drought

    Aug 8, 2018
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    BARANGAY Ginebra shoots for its first PBA Commissioner’s Cup crown in 21 years as the Gin Kings look to finish of San Miguel on Wednesday in Game Six at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    The match is scheduled at 7 p.m.

    The Kings took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven finals series with an 87-83 win over the Beermen, with Scottie Thompson and Justin Brownlee showing the way for the squad.

    Ginebra is looking to break a title drought in the Commissioner’s Cup.

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      The Gordon’s Gin Boars coached by Robert Jaworski and reinforced by Chris King won the 1997 crown at the expense of Alaska, which was incidentally coached at that time by Tim Cone.

      Now Cone looks to bring not just the team’s first Commissioner’s Crown since that era but also give the Kings their second crown in the last three conferences.

      Cone knows winning Game Six is in not easy.

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      “I always say that closeout games are hardest ones to win. I think they're harder to win than Game Sevens, because the ferocity of the other team, they're trying to stay alive,” Cone said.

      “It's hard to beat a team that's trying to stay alive. When you play a Game Seven, it's 50-50, you're battling. But if you're in a closeout games, that's why closeout games are so difficult, because the other team has a lot more at stake,” he added.

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      Thompson had 20 points and 11 rebounds including the crucial baskets for the Kings in the Game Four victory.

      Renaldo Balkman had 34 points and 20 rebounds for San Miguel.

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