BIÑAN, Laguna—Less than a week after all pretournament hype on them were extinguished, Barangay Ginebra gets a chance at redemption when the Gin Kings slug it out with the Barako Bull Energy in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations at Alonte Sports Center here.
After going down in shambles in their debut against Meralco on Tuesday, the Kings and the much-ballyhooed Michael Dunigan plunge back into action in the 5:15 p.m. game against a Barako Bull crew that will be seeking a piece of the early lead.
Ginebra, which underachieved in the last two conferences under the now sacked Jeffrey Cariaso, played well below expectations in a 74-85 loss to the Bolts in the inaugurals, failing to maximize the huge advantage it had in size and failing to get Dunigan going.
Ato Agustin, who is back for another tour on the Ginebra bench, never got his tall frontline to work against the Bolts, as Meralco simply outworked the Gin Kings on both ends on the way to the stirring triumph....
In fact, the talented, spitfire guard believes that every trade that has been a blessing in his professional career.
“Being a journeyman, in my eyes, is all part of God’s plan. I’m not a very open person so going from team to team challenged me to open up to a lot more teammates than I would have had playing with just one team,” wrote Mercado in a text message....
The 6-foot-1 guard scored 20 points and shot a 7-of-11 clip in 28 minutes on the floor for the Energy, an offensive-oriented performance compared to the past conference with former team San Miguel Beer.
"That's what my role is here now, push the ball, be aggressive, attack as much as I can," he said. "I felt good to get back to it."...
Barako's import Solomon Alabi led his team with 21 points, 22 rebounds and five blocked shots, while Sol Mercado added 20 points. Chico Lanete surprised with 19 points, three rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes.
Barako head coach Koy Banal was all praises for his scoring guard in Mercado:...
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|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||2||0||1.000|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||4||8||0.333||9th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||3||7||0.300||8th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||2||7||0.222||9th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||5||11||0.312||6th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||4||6||0.400||6th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||5||9||0.357||9th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||4||10||0.286||9th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||4||6||0.400||8th|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||8||9||0.471||4th|