IT WASN’T just coincidence that Robert Jaworski walked into the Smart Araneta Coliseum venue came at a time when Ginebra was starting to pull away and break Game 3 wide open.
By halftime, when Jaworski entered the Ginebra dugout, his old squad was already up 61-47 - a lead that they tenaciously protected on the way to a 125-101 victory over TNT KaTropa to stay alive in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals last Thursday.
Though he was impressed with the Kingss defiant approach in a win-or-go-home situation, the charismatic former Ginebra leader believed they can do so much better on the defensive end of things.
“Nothing really. I just said, 'Let’s go. Adjust a little on defense,'” said Jaworski when asked what he said to Ginebra players in a halftime pep talk.
“I think they came prepared, although they got to work more on their defense to really come back.”
The “Living Legend” pointed out Ginebra’s miscues on the defensive end, particularly in the second half where they gave up 54 points to the KaTropa.
Although Ginebra managed to not only keep the lead and also pad it to a high of 32 points, 125-93, Jaworski believed that a big lead shouldn’t be an excuse to give up open shots to the enemy.
“Honestly they can do more, they can do better, especially on defense. It’s just like a round robin on the other side,” Jaworski continued.
“Meaning, lack of pressure. If they do that, they can win the next game.”
Despite that, Jaworski still took the time to once again rally the legions of Ginebra supporters to come out and support their squad on Saturday when they once again fight for dear life at the Cuneta Astrodome.
“All the basketball fans, please come and watch. It’s a very important game for both teams. One (win for Ginebra) would tie it and come up with the last game,” Jaworski said.
“They have close to similar talents. Come and watch and enjoy the game and I hope Ginebra wins."