The 2021 PBA Governors Cup Final will kick off on Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum for the Manila, Philippine-Barangay Geneva and Meralco jockey headstart.
An early series lead throughout this one-sided contest rarely had a significant impact, but Jean Kings will have to give up this time as they could enter the two-armed shorts in the 6 pm contest.
Japeth Aguilar remains a game-time decision for the spectators, who have lost Spitfire guard Stanley Pringle, who has been off for a long season.
“Their presence must be missed,” said residential importer Justin Brownlee. “But fortunately, though, with coach Tim Shanku, we have a few more people who are moving forward, playing and helping in this role.
“That’s what the coaching team promotes to the boys. If one guy goes down, make sure the next guy is ready – or the next guy is ready, because of course, it’s not going to take just one guy. Come and give it to us. ”
Also undefeated for the series opener is Meralco playmaker Chris Banchero, who suffered injuries throughout the Magnolia vs semifinal series.
But if there’s anything the Bolts can take comfort from before the clash, it’s the fact that they’ve played a strong hot shots side without the Filipino-Italian playmaker.
However, coach Norman Black did not rule out the possibility that the final would have serious health consequences. After all, he was speaking from experience. Meralco lost Raymond Almazan in Game 3 of their 2019 Trophy War, a development he considered a turning point in that series.
“For me, the key to moving forward is that we just want to be healthy,” he said.
“It simply came to our notice then. If we can stay healthy, motivated and focused, I think we have a good chance of winning, “he added.
Meralco’s balanced attack was integral to the team’s success in this playoff. And fans should expect less from the Bolts who are finally trying to solve the Jean Kings puzzle that has kept them stuck for years.
The governor of the party, Al Panelilio, probably said it best: “A bishop cannot checkmate the king, can he?” So I think we need a queen and a rookie to checkmate the king. “
“This is our challenge as Meralco. We want to make it competitive and hopefully win the series, “he added.
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