BARANGAY Ginebra and San Mig Coffee set aside its corporate affiliation as the two teams collide in a classic match-up in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup semifinals beginning Tuesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Tipoff is at 8 p.m. with the Kings not about to let their sister team be a hindrance from realizing their goal of reaching the All-Filipino Finals.
“Brotherly love? Absolutely not,” Ginebra center Greg Slaughter said after practice on Monday. “We’ll do whatever it takes to win. Everyone knows what’s on the line.”
“Kahit na sister team, trabaho lang, so we have to do our part,” added coach Ato Agustin.
The Kings cruised past the Mixers with an 86-69 victory last November, but San Mig got back behind an 83-79 win earlier this month that turned out to be one of Ginebra’s only three losses in the elimination round.
“This is a whole different world,” said Slaughter, who still admitted it won’t be a walk in the park for the top-seeded Kings.
“This is going to be a grinding series. It’s gonna be really tough,” the 2013 top overall pick said. “We just got to be ready physically and mentally.”
And he’ll be up against another lottery pick in Ian Sangalang, apart from stalwart Marc Pingris, Rafi Reavis, and Yancy de Ocampo.
“I’m not looking at individual matchups. We play as a team and look to win as a team,” Slaughter said.
Agustin just hopes the Kings reprise the same performance they did last Saturday when they zoomed to an early lead against Alaska on the way to a 108-95 blowout that eliminated the Aces.
“Basta yung nilaro namin nung Alaska, ganun ka-taas yung intensity, okay sa amin yun.”