The Gin Kings, who made an unceremonious exit in the Final Four of the Philippine Cup after losing Game 7 horribly to eventual champion San Mig Coffee, battle Barako Bull.
“The team is doing okay, that (Final Four exit) is behind us now,” Ginebra guard LA Tenorio said. “We have a great team and we are raring to make a run for another title again.”
All eyes though are on the Gin Kings who will parade Leon Rodgers as they take on Barako Bull in the main game at 8 p.m.
The Gin Kings are seeking redemption following their playoff exit as a result of their Game 7 loss to San Mig in the Philippine Cup, and with 6-foot-7 Rodgers around, the league’s popular team may yet achieve its goal this conference. ...
Flashback to Ginebra’s last game in the Philippine Cup: San Mig Coffee opened up a double-digit lead heading into the second quarter. At that point, it looked like the Mixers were going to run away with game seven of their semifinals matchup. Enter Mark Caguioa.
The Spark single-handedly brought Ginebra back into the game thanks to one of his signature scoring barrages. But looking closely at how he scored, there was something noticeably different. He wasn’t hitting fade-aways, pull-ups and floaters like everyone was used to. Caguioa was scoring from the free-throw line, off offensive rebounds and broken plays.
This wasn’t beautiful basketball. It was gritty. It was dirty. It was primal. Watching Caguioa during that second quarter stretch was like watching a trapped bear gnawing its leg off. There was a sense of desperation, a damning rage in his game....
Columbian Autocar Corporation, Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc. and Metro Pacific, three companies who have expressed intention of joining the PBA, will have to wait until April to know whether or not they will be accepted as new members in Asia’s pioneering professional league.
PBA commissioner Chito Salud said in an informal press conference on Thursday that the three companies, whose teams are applying to become expansion ball clubs in the league, have already submitted their letter of intent to join.
“The PBA Office, as of yesterday (Wednesday), has received three formal letters of intent to join the PBA next season as expansion teams, meaning new franchises, namely in order of their submission, first, Columbian Autocar Corporation, which is Kia Team, number two is the Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc., which is known as Blackwater Sports and number three, just yesterday, the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, which will be using NLEX Road Warriors as its team name,” said Salud....
“I’m happy and proud of them,” Fernandez told InterAksyon.com. “Siguro it’s about time na rin to move up to the PBA.”
Fernandez led the squad to five championships in six conferences as the Road Warriors established a dynasty in the D-League....
NLEX, one of the powerhouse-champion squads in the PBA D-League, is making a jump to the big league as it submitted a letter of intent to the PBA on Wednesday.
“The PBA Office as of yesterday [Wednesday] has received three formal letters of intent to join the PBA next season as expansion teams/new franchise,” PBA Commissioner Chito Salud said....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||0||0||0.000|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||15||8||0.652||3rd|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||4||7||0.364||8th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||12||12||0.500||Runner-up|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||8||9||0.471||6th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||9||6||0.600||3rd|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||8||6||0.571||3rd|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||9||7||0.562||6th|
|2010-2011 Governors' Cup||8||5||0.615||4th|
|2010-2011 Commissioners' Cup||12||10||0.545||Runner-up|