Kings book Finals berth

first_imgLATEST STORIES “The thing I learned about this run is that we’re never out of the basketball game, we’re never out of the series and that’s because of the energy that the crowd gives us,” said coach Tim Cone, who guided Ginebra to its first finals appearance in the All-Filipino conference in a decade.Ginebra had fought off elimination several times since its quarterfinal showdown against a second-ranked Alaska squad and needed to overcome a 0-2 series deficit against Star.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAnd the job gets increasingly difficult now for the Gin Kings with the defending champion San Miguel Beermen standing in their way of a second consecutive crown.The Beermen themselves have no shortage in motivation, gunning for the Perpetual Trophy as they target a third straight All-Filipino title. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I have not watched their series,” Cone said, referring to the Beermen’s seven-game conquest of TNT KaTropa. “I never paid attention to their series. I didn’t want to distract myself.”Cone had his hands full in his own series. After losing Game 5 and trailing early in Game 6, Ginebra looked like it had lost its magic.“I think in the middle of the series, I felt we didn’t have it (anymore),” said Cone. “We were dragging in practice, dragging in pregame meetings but then we walk out on the court and everybody is energized again.”With Ginebra legend Robert Jaworski in attendance, the Gin Kings broke out of the gates hard with the trio of LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar and Joe Devance leading the charge for a 33-18 lead in the second period.Sol Mercado took over in the third with a string of triples, helping the Gin Kings keep the Hotshots at bay.ADVERTISEMENT Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions PBA IMAGESThe road back to the PBA Philippine Cup finals was a long and treacherous one for Barangay Ginebra, but those brushes with elimination the past three weeks could serve the Gin Kings well for the most important battle ahead.Buoyed by a crowd that provided them an extra dose of energy, the Gin Kings survived yet another do-or-die match with an 89-76 victory over the Star Hotshots in Game 7 Tuesday night before 20,220 fans at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite When Star closed in at 68-65, LA Tenorio quickly restored order with a step back triple, before Aguilar nailed four straight points and Jervy Cruz capped the run with a fast break lay-up for a 79-65 lead.“It was tough because of the expectations on you,” said Cone. “You try to be a little bit careful not to lose, but my guys did a good job. They kept pushing and kept battling.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Did the Old Fox get outfoxed? China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely View commentslast_img read more