But despite the lowly finish, the Gin Kings’ talent level remains on top of the league, if you ask import Gabe Freeman.
“Ginebra is the best team in the PBA –by far. They just have to put it together,” said the two-time Best Import winner, who played two games for the Gin Kings.
“Sometimes you might have the pieces in the puzzle, but you’ve got to find the instructions to the puzzle. We’ve got to put it on the court. On paper, we’re one of the best teams, but on the court, we’ve got to put it together.”...
But Freeman is hoping to extend his stint in the PBA, with an eye on seeing action in the season-ending Governors’ Cup.
“Hopefully, I make the height limit next conference and I could be here the whole conference with them and develop chemistry. But I’m just thankful being here,” said Freeman, who was Ginebra’s third import in the tournament after Leon Rodgers and Gabe Freeman....
After finishing the 2014 PBA Philippine Cup at the top of the elimination round, the Barangay Ginebra Kings are the third team to exit in the Commissioner’s Cup after dropping a lopsided 97-84 game to the undefeated Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters, the final 13-point difference far from being a gauge of just how dominant the Tropang Texters were.
The Kings thought the energy that replacement import Gabe Freeman brought was enough to slap them out of their slump. It was enough for the first half against Rain or Shine in their last elimination round game, but not nearly enough against the Tropang Texters, who have been playing flawless basketball as of late.
After letting the Kings hang around in the first half, Talk 'N Text unleashed a crippling scoring run in the third quarter to leave the Kings behind for good....
The unbeaten Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters will try to stretch their winning streak to 10 games against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in the quarterfinals of the PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup on Tuesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The top seed Tropang Texters only needs to win their 8 p.m. encounter against the Gin Kings to advance to the semifinals. The match airs live over TV5.
Talk ‘N Text ran roughshod over the competition in the elimination round, winning all nine of their games. The Tropang Texters will get an extra boost with the return of import Richard Howell, who suffered a shoulder injury two games ago....
But Freeman and the rest of the Gin Kings could not sustain the effort, as the Elasto Painters pulled off a 105-101 escape in overtime.
The defeat relegated Ginebra to the No. 8 seed in the quarterfinals, where they need to win twice against an unbeaten top seed Talk ‘N Text squad....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||3||7||0.300||8th|
|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|