Cone had declared a few days ago that the Beermen are “the team to beat.”
So, for all intents and purposes, this half of the Final Four series of the PBA Governors’ Cup pitting his Barangay Ginebra crew against San Miguel Beer will ultimately crown the season-ending champion.
“No offense to Talk ‘N Text (TNT KaTropa, the No. 1 seed), but San Miguel is the team to beat,” Cone said on Friday night after his Gin Kings sealed a best-of-five clash with the rock-solid Beermen, starting at 7 p.m. Monday, at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao....
And it isn’t a bad thing with each of the semifinal match-ups having the potential to be a classic duel.
The Final Four begins on Monday with crowd-drawers San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra locking horns....
Just ask Ginebra import Justin Brownlee.
Brownlee willed Ginebra past the Aces, 109-104, going absolutely clutch when the Gin Kings squandered their 86-66 lead in the fourth....
The Gin Kings ousted the Aces, 109-104, in a highly charged quarterfinals match Friday, marking Ginebra’s first Final Four appearance in eight conferences.
Justin Brownlee fired 28 points to help Ginebra seal a best-of-five semifinals series against sister team San Miguel....
Defending two-time MVP June Mar Fajardo will lead the Beermen, who have a twice-to-beat advantage, over the Red Warriors whom they narrowly beat in the eliminations with a 94-93 victory.
Just a single Beermen win against the Red Warriors in the quarterfinals will send them to the semifinals, and would give Fajardo, a potential, third straight MVP plum....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||8||3||0.727|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||7||6||0.538||5th|
|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|