The Alaska Aces gun for the 14th PBA championship in franchise history when they try to sweep Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in Game Three of the Commissioner’s Cup finals at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Tipoff is set at 7:30 p.m. with the Aces, who nurse a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series, needing just one more win to clinch the title. The game will be broadcast live over TV5.
But the Gin Kings are not expected to give up without a fight. Ginebra has already gone through four do-or-die games in the tournament, winning all of them, to crash the championship round....
Already on the doorstep of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup championship, the Aces will be giving their best shot for a possible sweep of their best-of-five title playoff and complete one of the most dominant runs in PBA history when they clash in Game 3 tonight at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Aces have been relentless and merciless, completely outclassing the Kings in the first two games of the series to move on the brink of a first title in their post-Tim Cone era....
Things got chippy in the second quarter, as the teams exchange several hard fouls, including a flagrant foul on Ginebra forward Mac Baracael for hitting Alaska rookie Calvin Abueva.
The Aces had the last laugh, however, as they outscored Ginebra, 29-14, in that second period, when the Gin Kings seemed to lose poise as the game started getting more physical....
MANILA, Philippines - Ginebra San Miguel has survived four do-or-die playoff games so far in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup and to clinch the title, must do it thrice more as the Barangay battles to stay alive from a 0-2 hole against Alaska in the best-of-five Finals. It’s a thrice-to-beat advantage for the Aces who are itching to close out the series in Game 3 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum tonight.
Despite the odds, Ginebra coach Alfrancis Chua isn’t giving up. “We’re battling the fatigue factor,” he said. “Vernon (Macklin) is hurting. His right thigh was banged up in a collision with Jayson Castro in Game 5 of the Talk ‘N’ Text series. It’s swollen. He’s getting all kinds of treatment to relieve the pain but you can see, his mobility is limited and he has little lift. No matter what happens, I’m proud of my team. I told (Alaska coach) Luigi (Trillo) when we shook hands after Game 2, we’ll fight it out, at least we’re in the Finals and we deserve to be.”
Chua said Ginebra made a push late in Game 2 last Friday without Macklin. “We’ll pace Vernon in Game 3, maybe play him hard for five minutes then rest then back again,” he said. “It’s the same thing with L. A. (Tenorio). Everyone’s tired after surviving four do-or-die playoffs but we’re still alive. We’re not quitting.”...
“Of course, kaya pa namin ito. It’s a long shot, but it’s possible. Hangga’t mayroon pang laro, kaya pa namin. We’re not gonna give up,” the reigning Most Valuable Player told InterAKTV.
Alaska coach Luigi Trillo noted that with Ginebra’s tough road to the finals, fatigue may be setting in for the Gin Kings....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||12||11||0.522|
|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|
|2010-2011 Philippine Cup||14||9||0.609||3rd|
|2009-2010 Fiesta Conference||12||12||0.500||5th|
|2009-2010 Philippine Cup||15||13||0.536||4th|