MANILA, Philippines — When Ginebra coach Tim Cone was asked what their advantage will be over finals opponent San Miguel Beer — outside of their passionate fan base — the 19-time PBA champion had to take a pause.
Cone could have said a multitude of things — his wealth of experience against San Miguel coach Leo Austria's, the continued excellence of veteran point guard LA Tenorio, the threat that Sol Mercado poses on both ends of the floor, the explosiveness of Japeth Aguilar, the non-stop motor of Scottie Thompson.
He could have pointed to the pair of Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand, whose presence continue to inspire not just the fans but also the Gin Kings themselves.
Instead, what Cone said was: "Hard to say."...
Arwind Santos believes that with San Miguel preparing for its third straight Philippine Cup Finals, it should have the distinct edge over Ginebra when it comes to experience playing in this grand stage.
“Dapat mas gamay mo na kung paano manalo ng championship. Na-experience na namin ito eh (We should know better how it is to win a championship. We’ve experienced this before.),” he said.
However, the 2013 PBA Most Valuable Player isn’t counting the Gin Kings out on the eve of their best-of-7 championship series, with him mentioning that the biggest mistake the Beermen can do is to feel complacent....
The thunderous chants of "Hee-ne-bra, Hee-ne-bra" not only pump up the Gin Kings – especially when they are making a rally – it also makes it difficult for the opposing players to communicate, and even think, inside the court.
Some players, however, look at the Ginebra crowd and see a challenge – a chance to shut them up, or perhaps, a chance to win them over to their side. ...
MANILA, Philippines – Expected to cruise against TNT in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals, San Miguel Beer instead found itself in a see-saw battle, at one point on the brink of elimination from the conference it has dominated in the past two seasons.
The Beermen needed to go the full route against the KaTropa, winning Game 7, 96-83, to advance to a third consecutive Finals appearance in the All-Filipino Cup, and keep alive its bid for the "Perpetual Trophy."
They will face off against sister team Barangay Ginebra in the championship series, with the Gin Kings coming off an emotional semifinal of their own against traditional rivals Star....
For all the fanfare given to June Mar Fajardo, Chris Ross has undoubtedly been the fuel that keeps the San Miguel engine going.
And as the Beermen prepare for the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year believes that the hardships his team faced only strengthened the two-time defending champions.
“It sharpened us,” he said, citing San Miguel’s comeback from a 2-3 series deficit in its semifinals duel against TNT. “We only lost one game all conference, and then we go in, and we were never in the lead in that series.”...
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2016-2017 Philippine Cup||15||4||0.789|
|2015-2016 Governors' Cup||11||6||0.647||4th|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||10||7||0.588||3rd|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||17||7||0.708||Champions|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||16||5||0.762||Champions|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||4||7||0.364||9th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||17||5||0.773||Champion|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||5||5||0.500||5th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||7||4||0.636||5th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||13||8||0.619||4th|