Michael Dunigan vows to come back with vengeance as Ginebra seeks first ever win in game vs. San Miguel
Michael Dunigan raring to bounce back for Ginebra after being down with food poisoning the last time. Jerome Ascano

A healthy Barangay Ginebra import Michael Dunigan vows to come out with vengeance and help the Kings register their first win in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday as they face San Miguel Beer before an expected jampacked crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Dunigan said the weeklong break since the team absorbed a heartbreaking 68-69 loss to Barako Bull in Binan, Laguna gave him the time to recover from food poisoning.

Likewise, the extra six-day break gave him time to get familiarize with the team system and be able to work along well with the rest of the Kings.

“I got full week of practice. I was able to recover and it has been great for me, (the break) has done a lot for me,” Dunigan told Spin.ph on Saturday shortly after the team’s practice at Gatorade Hoops Center. 

“We’ve grown as a team, and it will be a good battle between two good teams (on Sunday). I’m ready to play.”

Dunigan averaged just 14 points and 13 rebounds in his first two games with the Kings.

Ginebra fans though can expect the numbers to improve, according to him, considering he’s already in good health.

“I’m back to 100 percent now, just getting up down the court and performing. I owe the team and some of the (Ginebra) fans a couple of good games, which I’m capable of doing,” he said.

Dunigan said it didn’t matter if the Kings are coming off back-to-back losses to open the conference, and face the unenviable task of beating the Beermen, the newly-crowned Philippine Cup champions.

However, he vowed to prove what he can do as he tries to help Ginebra break into the win column.

“My first game wasn’t the best. My second game, I was sick, so I have something to prove tomorrow (Sunday),” added the former standout from the University of Oregon.


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