The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Gin Kings proved to everyone why they are the number one team during the elimination round with a humiliating 93-64 victory over the hapless San Mig Super Coffee Mixers on Friday night at the sellout crowd SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Gin Kings dealt a major blow on the Mixers by using a run-and-gun game, anchored by their tightening defense to tie their best-of-7 Manila Clasico semifinals series in the PLDT Home DSL Philippine Cup at 1-all.
“Adjustment namin defense namin, start namin maganda,” said San Mig Coffee coach Ato Agustin.
Greg Slaughter, which played for the University of the Visayas and Ateneo de Manila University respectively during his college days before turning pro, dominated the paint with 15 of his 21 points in the first half. But it was on the defensive end where Ginebra focused a lot, using a 2-3 zone that shocked the Super Coffee Mixers offense for a 48-32 lead at the half.
Instead of letting their guards down, Ginebra opened the third quarter on fire, scoring the first five points of the second half to build a commanding 21-point edge. The Gin Kings led from the start until the end and never looked back.
San Mig Coffee couldn’t cope with the run even their second unit was ineffective, allowing the Gin Kings to take a 69-53 lead heading into the fourth period.
“Maganda ang start namin. Imagine we were able to limit their offense to 60 plus points in the game, which is a good sign for us. Tapos yung second group ko, they were able to play well so nakapag-pahinga yung starters,” Agustin added.
Slaughter finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Jayjay Helterbrand and Billy Mamaril came off the bench for the Gin Kings, chipping in 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Gilas playmaker LA Tenorio contributed 10 points and eight assists for Ginebra.
Peter June Simon led the Mixers with 16 points, Marc Pingris added 15, while James Yap chipped in with 14.
The win was a strong bounce-back game for the Gin Kings, who dropped a thrilling 83-85 decision to the Mixers in Game One on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Game Three is set on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena at 5 p.m.
GINEBRA 93 – Slaughter 21, Helterbrand 11, Tenorio 10, Mamaril 10, Reyes 8, Caguioa 8, Aguilar 7, Monfort 5, Ellis 4, Faundo 4, Baracael 3, Forrester 2, Ababou 0.
SAN MIG SUPER COFFEE 64 – Simon 16, Pingris 15, Yap 14, Barroca 7, De Ocampo 3, Acuna 3, Mallari 3, Devance 2, Cawaling 1, Gaco 0, Sangalang 0, Melton 0, Holstein 0, Reavis 0.
Quarterscores: 24-19, 48-32, 69-53, 93-64
--- Jay-R U. Bayon-on
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