ATO Agustin believes Barangay Ginebra’s Game Four win was a huge confidence booster which the team tries to build on when it shoots for a 3-2 lead against San Mig Super Coffee in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Kings scored an 85-82 escape act on Wednesday night as San Mig gunner James Yap missed a potential game-tying three-point shot at the final buzzer.
The Ginebra win sent the series back to square one, though the league’s crowd darling will now try to seize the series lead with a victory in Game 5 set at 3:30 p.m.
Agustin noted ball distribution and the Kings’ refusal to wilt under pressure at the height of the Mixers’ furious fourth quarter rally were keys to the Kings’ Game Four win.
“Yung distributiuon ng bola namin (in Game Four), maganda. Saka ang assists namin 21 sa Game Four, unlike Game Three na 12 assists lang kami,” noted Agustin, whose team blew a 16-point third quarter lead, before recovering late in the game to salvage the win.
“Hindi nawala ang composure ng mga players, focused pa rin sila, saka nag stick sila sa game plan namin,” he added.
No team has yet to win back-to-back games in the series, though the Kings will try to do just that in their bid to close in on yet another Finals berth.
However, San Mig forward Marc Pingris said the Mixers are dead set at getting back against the Kings, poor officiating notwithstanding.
“Sabi nga ni James (Yap), mahirap maglaro kapag ganun ang tawagan,” Pingris said, referring to what he felt were bad calls during the first half of Game Four that saw him and Yap pick up three quick fouls.
“Pero sabi ko mag-adjust na lang tayo sa kanila (referees’ calls). Laro na lang tayo. Nakakainis talaga dahil gusto rin naming maglaro pero maaga mga fouls namin. Next time kailangan mag-ingat kami,” added the 6-foot-5 San Mig bruising forward, who has the unenviable task of either defending Ginebra’s 6-foot-11 rookie center Greg Slaughter or the 6-foot9 forward Japeth Aguilar in the series.