Barangay Ginebra fell one basket short of getting a win on their first game of the Commissioner's Cup on Friday night, but the Gin Kings played an overall good game against a dangerous NLEX squad to start the conference.
Othyus Jeffers, the shortest among the import cast at 6-foot-5, did not disappoint as he came out with a 31-point, 20-rebound performance that would have been a monster game in itself if not for Al Thornton's 50-point explosion.
He assured the Ginebra supporters that he would carry the team in the following games.
"I got you the rest of the conference," he said when asked if he has a message for the never-say-die fans....
When Othyus Jeffers came first came to the Philippines two years ago, he was able to play just one game for his PBA club – then the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters – before contract issues forced him to cut his stint short.
In his return to the PBA, this time for Barangay Ginebra, Jeffers is making sure he’s here to stay.
“I’ll get you the rest of the conference,” Jeffers assured while addressing the Ginebra faithful....
NLEX import Al Thornton scored 50 points – including 10 in overtime – to lead his Road Warriors to a rousing 114-112 win over Barangay Ginebra to open their PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Thornton, who also tallied 50 in a game against Ginebra last season, continued his mastery over the Kings, shooting 16-for-30 (53%) from the field and 16-for-20 (80%) from the free throw line in an efficient offensive performance.
He was stellar in the extra period, making both of his shot attempts from the field and going a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe to help ensure the win....
Crowd favorites Barangay Ginebra San Miguel plunge back to action against the NLEX Road Warriors as both teams make their respective debuts in the OPPO PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Gin Kings and the Road Warriors clash in the nightcap at 7 p.m. after the opening game between the GlobalPort Batang Pier and the Mahindra Enforcers at 4:15 p.m. Both games will be aired live on TV5.
Ginebra is aiming to turn things around this new conference after getting booted out in the Philippine Cup quarterfinals last year....
SCOUTING THE 2016 COMMISSIONER’S CUP IMPORTS | The returnees: Rain or Shine, TNT, Star, Alaska, NLEX, Ginebra
After just a week-long break, the PBA returns to action when the import-laden Commissioner’s Cup tips off on Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Interestingly, half of the teams this conference will feature reinforcements who are making a return to the PBA.
Here’s a look at the “balik-imports”: ...
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||0||1||0.000|
|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|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||4||7||0.364||8th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||12||12||0.500||Runner-up|