BARANGAY Ginebra braces for a TNT KaTropa fightback as the Kings and Texters face off in Game Two of their PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series on Wednesday night at the Batangas City Coliseum.
The Gin Kings outclassed a weary Texters side, 121-94, in Game One last Monday and went to Batangas a day later for the second match of the best-of-five series. Gametime is at 7 p.m.
“We’re expecting a completely different game here,” Gin Kings coach Tim Cone said on the eve the matchup. “We just have to realize that what we did in Game One won’t be enough in Game Two. We have to continue to lift our game and get better.”
“I think the people in Batangas are going to have a real treat of a game, because I know they're gonna come back real strong, and they're gonna have an extra edge and a focus coming into the game,” he added of the Texters. “I think it's gonna be an awesome game.”
The Gin Kings are also expected to have an edge in LA Tenorio, a Nasugbu, Batangas native who is making his homecoming and drawing the crowd to their side.
While welcoming the bench support from Mark Caguioa, Jervy Cruz, and Co. in Game One, Cone continues to bank on his core of Tenorio, Scottie Thompson, Joe Devance, Japeth Aguilar, and import Justin Brownlee, with Greg Slaughter as sixth man.
“Our core has been playing really well,” Cone said. “Our big line-up has been playing really well, and it's hard to take Scottie and LA off the floor. So some of these (bench) guys don't get as much time as they deserve, but we certainly don't doubt them. We see it every day in practice.”
The Texters expect Glen Rice Jr. and Jayson Castro to sustain their offensive production while limiting their turnovers, and get help from Troy Rosario and Kelly Williams for them to level the series.