The return of the Governors Cup to the epidemic era of the PBA has also brought back the rivalry that has arisen in its last four stages.
This is again a confrontation between defending champions Barange Ginebra vs Meralco, a match that has happened three times before, with Jean Kings winning all of them.
There is going to be a difference.
Meralco coach Norman Black said: “I love my chance at this point.
The way Bolts handled his toughest test so far in the tournament gave rise to optimism when it battled No. 1 pick Magnolia Hotshots, 94-81, in a decisive game at No. 5 on Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Allen Malksi and Raymond Almazan shot the ball with deadly precision but it was a different combined effort that led the Bolts to another title series against Geneva.
“We talked about it — if we can get to the final, we have to rely on our defense, and that’s what we did,” Blake said.
Maliksey finished with 24 points and Almazan added 18 more points to a perfect shooting clip as Meralco imported a subper from Tony Bishop Jr. and the absence of Chris Banchero, who hit his spine in Game 4.
Chris Newsome had 17 points when Aaron Black tossed 16 points, greasing a pull-away Greece in the final where the Bolts pounded on Mike Harris’ untimely departure.
“I can see what happened tonight. Harris was injured, and that probably helped us win the game a bit, but we won when he was on the court, “said Black Magnolia, who had to leave the court after a few bad fall. Game.
‘I never beat the team’
Calvin Abueva led the Hotshots with 21 points.
“Geneva is next and it should be a competitive series,” Black said of the crowd darlings.
“I never beat the team [Cone] Earlier, so maybe this would be the right time to get it done, “Black said of his Geneva opponent.” We’ve been having a lot of meetings lately, and he’s on the winning side every time. “
Meanwhile, without a hitch, PBA’s draft combine is coming back this summer.
“We set it around 12 May or 13 May,” Mauro Bengua Jr., the league’s operations technical officer, told Inquirer before the game.
Without giving any estimates, PBA Commissioner Willie Marshall said he expects a crowd of applicants this year.
“It simply came to our notice then [foreigners with Filipino roots] This time for their passports. Also, we have talked to the collegiate league, ”said the league chief. “They were requesting if we could push the Rookie Draft after April so that we could take the graduates this season.”
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