EXPECT a fight to the end in Game Seven of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals.
“Buhos na lahat, wala ka ng ititira,” said Marc Pingris of the kind of scenario awaiting the two teams after the Kings tied the best-of-seven series at 3-3 on Sunday night following a 91-67 win at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Although the Hotshots had their moments especially in the early part of Game Six, Pingris admitted the Kings were the better team on this night.
Ginebra held Star to just 31 percent shooting (26 of 85), while going 49 percent from the field (34 of 69). The Kings also more than doubled the Hotshots’ assists, 21-10, and shot 35 percent from three-point range.
“Ginawa naman namin lahat, pero para sa kanila talaga yung game,” said Pingris, who topscored for Star with 14 points and 10 rebounds to finish as the only player with a double-double for the Hotshots.
And unlike the Hotshots, the Kings had a lot of players to lean on when the going got tough.
Sol Mercado finished with a game-high 21 points, LA Tenorio scored 19, Joe Devance had 14, and the pair of Japeth Aguilar and Jervy Cruz came up with 11 apiece.
“Lahat sila, si LA pumutok agad sa first quarter, si Sol. Hindi lang si Joe (Devance),” said the 35-year-old long-time Star forward “Gutom talaga silang makuha yung game tonight.”
As Game Seven beckons, Pingris, a veteran of many championship and playoffs matches, said the team that adjusts well will have a good shot of earning a berth in the best-of-seven finals.
“Ang labanan lang naman dito sino makaka-adjust sa Game Seven,” he reasons. “Alam ko naman lahat ibibigay nila yung 100 percent, ganun din sa amin. So, let’s see what happens.”