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Kings open title defense vs vengeance-seeking Bolts

LUCENA—It’s going to be size versus versatility, great imports ranged against each other, brilliant Grand Slam-winning tacticians seeking to improve their legacies, and crowd-darlings going up against probably the most under-appreciated side in the PBA.

But no matter how one splices it, the best-of-seven series for the Governors’ Cup title promises to be the best one for the season, with Barangay Ginebra seeking to win a second title under Tim Cone without needing a last-second three-pointer to do it.

Ginebra import Justin Brownlee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net
And after suffering the franchise’s bitterest defeat last season, Meralco feels that it has some unfinished business when it starts clashing with the Gin Kings in the 7 p.m. series opener at Quezon Convention Center here, as Norman Black tries to fulfill a goal of putting a winning tradition in the latest stop of his storied coaching career.

“It’s going to be tough, and it’s going to be rough,” Cone, a two-time Grand Slam champion, said of the season-closing title series where the Kings are expected to ride their advantage in size all the way against an opponent he described with so much respect.

“We couldn’t have picked a higher quality opponent,” Cone went on. “They have all the bases covered. That’s the challenge for us there. We are bigger, yes, but they also have the size and the balance. They can play the pace they want to play.”

Author: Musong R. Castillo, Inquirer
Full Article: http://sports.inquirer.net/268339/kings-open-title-defense-vs-vengeance-seeking-bolts

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