BIÑAN, Laguna—Less than a week after all pretournament hype on them were extinguished, Barangay Ginebra gets a chance at redemption when the Gin Kings slug it out with the Barako Bull Energy in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup eliminations at Alonte Sports Center here.
After going down in shambles in their debut against Meralco on Tuesday, the Kings and the much-ballyhooed Michael Dunigan plunge back into action in the 5:15 p.m. game against a Barako Bull crew that will be seeking a piece of the early lead.
Ginebra, which underachieved in the last two conferences under the now sacked Jeffrey Cariaso, played well below expectations in a 74-85 loss to the Bolts in the inaugurals, failing to maximize the huge advantage it had in size and failing to get Dunigan going.
Ato Agustin, who is back for another tour on the Ginebra bench, never got his tall frontline to work against the Bolts, as Meralco simply outworked the Gin Kings on both ends on the way to the stirring triumph....
Dunigan was a strong force in his initial stint with Air 21 – and was even considered a naturalization candidate for the Philippine national men’s basketball team. Naturally, he was perceived to be one of the better imports in the Commissioner’s Cup this season.
In his first game back, though, Dunigan was simply outplayed by his counterpart, Josh Davis of Meralco. Not only did Davis finish with 25 points and 24 rebounds, better than Dunigan’s 17 and 14, the Bolts also claimed the victory....
Agustin’s squad has performed very well in practice as well as in their tuneup games, a sign that his team was prepared for the new conference.
But games are not won during practice sessions or tuneup games, and they had a harsh reminder of that in their loss to the Meralco Bolts on opening day....
Come the first game of the Commissioner's Cup, however, there was no trace at all of the running team the Gin Kings envisioned. They scored only three points off the fastbreak as they lost 85-74 to Meralco on Tuesday.
"We're just all over the place. We need to find our identity as a team," said import Michael Dunigan, who finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds for Ginebra. "Wanna shoot threes, wanna go inside, we gotta put it together."...
Meralco import Josh Davis debuts with 25 points and 24 rebounds to lead the Bolts to an 85-74 victory over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in the first day of the 2015 Commissioner's Cup on Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.
Davis outdueled Gin Kings counterpart Michael Dunigan as the Bolts spoiled the return of Ato Agustin as Ginebra coach taking over for Jeffrey Cariaso.
The Bolts, who also drew 21 points from Gary David, trailed early before coming on strong in the second period to erect a 43-34 halftime lead....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||0||2||0.000|
|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|
|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|