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    Jayjay Helterbrand says Ginebra must pick up the pieces - and quickly - after Alaska letdown

    Jun 14, 2014

    GINEBRA has no time to dwell on a letdown against Alaska as they prepare for a crucial match against Talk 'N Text on Sunday at the close of the PBA Governors Cup eliminations, Gin Kings guard Jayjay Helterbrand said.

    The Gin Kings are coming off a 66-79 loss to the Aces on Friday night that saw them make 16 more turnovers (27) than assists (11) while making just above 38 percent of their shots.

    Helterbrand, however, said Ginebra players can't be too hard on themselves after the loss as they look ahead to the Talk 'N Text game, echoing the words of coach Jeffrey Cariaso to the team.

    “Obviously, we were not there mentally prepared (for the game against Alaska). It was very disappointing, but like what coach said, we can’t get too low on ourselves. We have a game on Sunday,” he added.

    “We’ve got to come out next game prepared,” Helterbrand told

    The one-time PBA MVP refused to blame fatigue for the loss as the Gin Kings dropped to 5-3 (win-loss) overall - and 1-2 after playing their third game in six days.

    “I don’t think so. Coach does a good job of doing light practices in between. So we we’re able to save our legs and energy,” said the 37-year-old Ginebra veteran guard.

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    But with a shot at a Top 4 spot in the playoffs and a twice-to-beat advantage, Helterbrand said Ginebra will have to be in a better frame of mind when it takes on league-leader Talk 'N Text

    “We set to focus more and be ready and prepare for Talk ‘N Text. And that’s the good thing, that it’s (Top 4 hopes) in our hands, so we need to be ready to come and play on Sunday,” he said.

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