Linggo, Pebrero 2, 2014

PBA Scenes: Barangay Ginebra San Miguel vs San Mig Super Coffee Mixers Semifinals Game 3

Best of the Night. The little ones for San Mig Coffee. Mark Barroca stayed in form and led his San Mig Coffee Mixers to a 97-89 win over Manila Clasico rival Barangay Ginebra. The Coffee Prince dropped 25 points, grabbed 8 boards, and dished 5 dimes for his team, who now took a 2-1 series edge over their sister team. But two little ones are better than one little one, so Justin Melton basically joined the fray. That was a cool way to bounce back after Game 2's stoppage.

Worst of the Night. Mac Baracael's ejection. This is plain boneheaded. This is the night's worst because he obviously could have helped Ginebra on both sides of the floor. Every player has a crucial role in the playoffs, so until further notice, every ejection will be worst of the night.  

Sakuragi. The opening tip activated the Gilas persona of San Mig Coffee's ace big man Marc Pingris. He dominated the opening minutes scoring 6 of their first 8 points. Pingris' explosion dictated the flow, giving Tim Cone's boys a 20-6 run early. It ended quite early though, but Pingris wasn't done. His defensive presence was everywhere. He's tough. He started guarding LA Tenorio, went over to Mark Caguioa, then to Japeth Aguilar, then ended up guarding Greg Slaughter. Every time SMC needs to stop a guy, Ping was the answer. And he did quite an amazing job. He always does. Next.

Gregzilla. Greg Slaughter stepped it up tonight. The top rookie selection carried Ginebra through the first half, notching 19 points and 9 rebounds. Of course, like the most cliche statement in Philippine basketball, Ginebra never said die, and actually took a one point lead through the half. Slaughter finished with 29 points. Just equally massive as his frame.

Accessory Watch. They're not necessary actually, but they are facts we see in every basketball game. Tonight was no different. First of, I want to commend Chris Ellis for being such a swagger. As I said in a tweet, Ellis is the unofficial Jordan brand player of the PBA. With the remaining teams in the playoffs, two Chrises sport a compression shooting shirt, and we saw the better compression shirt tonight. Chris Ross' is plain dreadful that we all wait for the day he takes them off, so I tip a headband to Chris Ellis. -- Next--. I don't need to say anything more, Rafi Reavis' double arm sleeves were dope. If only it helped him with his shooting, it would have been better. But looks-wise, it's okay. Speaking of sleeves, James Yap's sure helped his stroke after he scored 13 points. The only thing bad is, it doesn't look good, and fresh.

Quote. "We're still not comfortable being 2-1. We need to be an A+ team to beat this team." -coach Tim Cone.


-San Mig Coffee started the game without a real point guard. It actually worked.

-Is Japeth Aguilar hurt or something? He's playing outside himself.

-A lot of rookies are playing crucial roles in this series. Great future for the league.

-The series still catches more money compared to the other one.

-Joe Devance's hair is, well, on top of everybody.

-We must expect a lot more fire in the days to come.

Game tomorrow features the 4th game of the Petron Blaze Boosters and Rain or Shine Elasto Painters semifinals series.

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