WHEN you see Mark Caguioa crashing the boards as if he's six-foot-five and Jayjay Helterbrand making the most of his limited off the bench, good things are bound to happen for Ginebra.
That's Chris Ellis talking as he praised Ginebra's ever-reliable 'Fast and Furious' pair for leading by example on Friday night in the Gin Kings' 113-107 win over GlobalPort in the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
"You see him (Caguioa) on the boards and Jayjay played inspired. I mean, when they play like that, good things happen for the team," Ellis, 25-year-old Ginebra Fil-Am forward, told Spin.ph.
Looking better than he has ever been all season, Caguioa, the 2012 league MVP, banged in 15 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, and had three assists for his first double-double output of the conference.
Helterbrand added 14 on 5-of-8 shooting.
Ellis, who contributed six points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals, also credited import Leon Rodgers for providing the voice for the Gin Kings in a game that wasn't decided until LA Tenorio nailed two foul shots in the final seconds.
"Leon is such a big voice. He tells people to make it back on defense and the good thing is, the team is just going to get better," added the league's reigning slam-dunk champion.
The win comes as a timely confidence boost for Ginebra two days before a face-off on Sunday with Talk 'N Text, the league leader which is unbeaten in its first five games.
But so long as the Kings defend and crash the boards (they won the rebound battle against GlobalPort, 64-50) as well as they did on Friday, Ellis said the crowd darlings will do well against the Texters.
"It's just perseverance on the defensive end," said the Ginebra sophomore. "We're able to communicate on defense tonight."