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    Desperate Ginebra rolls out Joe Devance for must-win Game 3

    Nov 14, 2018
    PHOTO: marlo cueto

    BACKED against the wall, Barangay Ginebra is looking to get help from a battle-scarred warrior in the hope of salvaging its PBA Governors Cup title bid.

    Veteran big man Joe Devance is set for return in the crucial Game Three of the semifinal series against Magnolia on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    The 36-year-old big man has not seen action since midway through the eliminations due to a stress fracture on his left foot.

    He was in uniform on Monday night but didn't see action in the Kings' 101-97 loss that put them on the brink of elimination affer falling behind 0-2 in the best-of-five series.

    But Devance disclosed he'll finally be back in action as the two-time reigning champions try to live for another day in the season-ending meet.

    "Injury is alright. I'm going to play in the next game," he said.


      Devance, who averaged 13.0 points and 5.7 assists in the three games he played this conference, hasn't practiced yet with the Kings, but has been working out on his own.

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      "I may not be in game shape but will slowly get into it. I'm good," he said."I'm going out there and help them get a win the next game, hopefully."

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      The Fil-Am big man has been used to playing through pain as what he had done in the two finals that Ginebra played iagainst Meralco n this same conference in 2016 and 2017.

      In the Commissioner's Cup title series against San Miguel last August, Devance already had the stress fracture on his left foot, but opted to continue playing and help the team win the championship in six games.

      Now, he'll try to do the same thing as the Kings try to stay alive against the Hotshots.

      "Magnolia is playing their game, they're playing hard, they want it. They're not going to give it to us, clearly," he said.

      "We just got to go out there and want them more than they do."

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