BARANGAY Ginebra and Magnolia start off a marquee semifinal showdown on Saturday in the PBA Go’ernors' Cup at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
The Kings and Hotshots Pambansang Manok clash at 6:30 p.m. just four days after quickly disposing of their quarterfinal rivals.
Top seed Ginebra beat eight-ranked NLEX, 111-75, while No. 4 Magnolia wrapped up its quarterfinal series against No. 5 Blackwater, 103-99.
Despite winning their elimination round match last October 28, 93-86, Ginebra coach Tim Cone said it will be a challenge for the team to beat Magnolia in a five-game series especially with the Hotshots’ guard combo of Paul Lee, Jio Jalalon and Mark Barroca.
“Each team gets so revved up. We had 26 turnovers against them last game. There guards are just so quick and they get into passing lanes and they get up into you. It can be very frustrating to play against that style,” said Cone.
Cone stressed that the Kings will have to contain Lee, who had 21 points in their elimination round game.
“You have the great Paul Lee who just control the game and plays a different tempo. You really have to figure out and knock off his rhythm,” said Cone.
The Kings, though, hope to take advantage of their ceiling with their twin towers of Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar.