BARANGAY Ginebra and TNT start off their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series on Friday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Game One of the best-of-five series is scheduled at 7 p.m. after the Kings and the KaTropa reached the semifinals in contrasting styles.
Ginebra swept perennial rival Magnolia in the quarterfinals with the Kings winning in Game One, 106-80, while TNT needed a do-or-die game before advancing to the semifinals after beating eighth-seed Alaska, 104-93.
Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee sees a tough match-up against TNT, similar to that of Magnolia.
“The good thing about it is they are a little bit similar to Magnolia. They have quick guards, they like to pressure and things like that so it’s a great test for us,” said Brownlee.
Of course, Brownlee’s import match-up with Terrence Jones has also been highly-anticipated.
“He is an incredibly talented player. Definitely a key guy. They are playing a key role into their success this conference,” said Brownlee.
TNT consultant Mark Dickel also doesn’t expect the semifinals to be an easy road despite holding the top seed.
“It's a big challenge obviously. Traditionally, they've done really, really well. We're just trying to process the challenge that Alaska gave us. Just changing defenses, changing different players,” said Dickel.