MANILA, Philippines – The Barangay Ginebra Kings remain hopeful they will make the playoff round even as they have dropped out of the Magic Eight following their 70-72 loss to the San Miguel Beermen in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday night.
Ginebra chief playmaker LA Tenorio saw a positive sign in that defeat, pointing out the defensive effort they put up to hold June Mar Fajardo down to nine points and limit the whole SMB team more than 30 points below their average.
"Yes, we're disappointed with the loss, but at least there's a bright side on it. We had a tremendous defensive effort. There's no June Mar Fajardo in our last four games. If we'll be able to sustain the same effort in our remaining games, we may get good results," said Tenorio.
At ninth place with a 3-4 win-loss card, the Kings are now hard-pressed to do good in their last four games against Meralco, Blackwater, Phoenix Petroleum and NLEX to get a shot at the post-elims play....
Alternating wins and losses through their first seven games, the Gin Kings have struggled to consistently churn out performances worthy of a winning streak.
Though there were positives like the way it performed against San Miguel on Sunday, the team still drew the short end of the stick, with the game ending in a 72-70 loss....
MANILA, Philippines – The Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings have yet to put together a winning streak in the 2016-17 PBA Philippine Cup, as the perennial crowd favorites have instead groped for inconsistency in what has been an up-and-down conference.
Quirks in their schedule have denied Ginebra a chance to build momentum, and a long break did not work to their advantage, either.
They memorably beat rivals Star in the Manila Clasico last Christmas, but after a two-week break, they fell short against sister team San Miguel, 70-72, last Sunday. ...
MANILA, Philippines – The Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings came oh-so-close to handing defending All-Filipino champions San Miguel Beer only their second loss of the 2016-17 PBA Philippine Cup, but instead faltered in the final seconds.
Bolstered by a noisy Sunday crowd at the Araneta Coliseum, Ginebra erased a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit and was down by just two points, 70-72, with 11 seconds to go after SMB's Marcio Lassiter missed two free throws that could have iced the game.
Unfortunately for the crowd favorites, LA Tenorio's floater was off mark, as Arwind Santos did enough to bother him on the shot. San Miguel was able to gain control of the ball, and Santos dribbled out the time as the Beermen escaped with the slim 72-70 win....
MANILA, Philippines – They were given a huge scare by sister team Ginebra, but the San Miguel Beermen displayed just enough poise in the end game to come away with a hard-fought 72-70 victory and extend their winning streak to six games in the 2016-17 PBA Philippine Cup.
In front of a rowdy crowd at the Big Dome on Sunday, the Beermen gutted out a victory after nearly squandering a 10-point fourth-quarter lead.
Arwind Santos came up huge on both ends of the floor, and was instrumental in bothering LA Tenorio's final attempt for the Gin Kings...
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2016-2017 Philippine Cup||5||4||0.556|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||16||7||0.696||Champions|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||7||6||0.538||5th|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||8||5||0.615||5th|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||5||7||0.417||8th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||5||7||0.417||8th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||7||6||0.538||5th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||5||5||0.500||6th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||3||7||0.300||8th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||15||8||0.652||3rd|