TO no one’s surprise, even the Ginebra players were at loss for words after suffering a 38-point humiliation at the hands of San Miguel, 132-94 in Game Three of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Wednesday.
Long regarded as the spokesman of the team, LA Tenorio politely begged off from interviews, and so did guys like Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar.
It’s like a nightmare the team badly wanted to wake up from.
And no one could blame them. After all, seeing the numbers alone and one could observe that the Gin Kings really didn’t play that too badly, at least on the offensive end.
Their 47-percent field-goal shooting would be enough to get a win over any team, especially with their 8-of-17 shooting clip from beyond the arc, while also dishing out 24 assists.
But the Beermen aren’t just any other team, and the crowd favorites ran head-first to the juggernaut that was the defending champions. San Miguel didn’t only shoot 51-percent from the field and churned 32 assists, but also won the battle of the boards, 55-41 which led to 32 second-chance points, as well as pouncing on Ginebra’s 21 turnovers to turn it to 23 points in its favor.
Even PBA legend Robert Jaworski, who was in attendance for the second consecutive game, couldn’t hide his disappointment with how his former team played, having lost the past two games by an average of 31.5 points.
If there’s any better time for Ginebra to tap into that vaunted “never say die” spirit, it’s definitely now.
But words will remain just that – words, and the Gin Kings need to turn that mantra into reality come Game 4 on Friday if they don’t want to fall into a 1-3 hole.