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    Ginebra looks to seal finals berth as RoS tries to force decider

    Jul 23, 2018
    Jeff Chan and the Kings try to finish off Beau Belga and the Painters.
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    BARANGAY Ginebra shoots for a finals seat on Monday night when it faces Rain or Shine in Game Four of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    The Kings hold a 2-1 advantage heading into the 7 p.m., and they look to close out the series and face San Miguel in the finals.

    Ginebra coach Tim Cone, however, expressed a few concerns coming into Game Four. The Kings regained control of the series, but looked shaky in the endgame as the Elastopainters came storming back from 25-points down to get to within three points.

    James Yap, however, missed two threes, and the Kings held on for the win.

    “The first lead (Game One) was an artificial lead because that was in the first quarter,” Cone said. “Those things disappear easily. We didn’t nail them down in that game and we allowed them to come back in this game (Game Three).

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    “It’s a concern. We have to respond better. We played on our heels not to lose in the second half rather than staying aggressive and playing to win. Couple of times, we made aggressive shots. We missed them and then we became tentative,” said Cone.

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      Justin Brownlee had 44 points in the Game Three, but Cone said the Kings may have been over-reliant with their import.

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      “I think we became too-Justin reliant in that first half. He had 25 points. We just thought he will continue to be like that but they picked up the defense, picked up the physicality, and we struggled with it,” said Cone.

      Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia expressed confidence the Elastopainters can tie up the series in Game Four.

      “We're confident. After the way we played in the second half, it gave us at least confidence. We just have to watch what we did in the second half,” Garcia said.

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      Rain or Shine will also have a chip in its shoulders following a statement made by San Miguel cager Arwind Santos that he expects the Beermen will be facing the Kings in the finals.

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      Jeff Chan and the Kings try to finish off Beau Belga and the Painters.
      PHOTO: Jerome Ascano
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