Barangay Ginebra is back at the top of the standings again after a spectacular display of defense, defeating the Barako Bull Energy Cola, 98-70. It was a close, low scoring 1st half with neither team getting the upper hand as Ginebra shot only 8 of 38 (21 percent) and Barako 11 of 39 (28 percent).
But the Kings’ heeded the call of their coach after halftime and played better defense which rewarded them easy offensive chances. It was a dominating second half performance for Ginebra as they scored 65 points over the two quarters and held Barako to just 37 points in the same frames.
With that win, Ginebra now shares the lead with sister teams San Mig Coffee and San Miguel Beer with a 4-1 win-loss record.
Keys of the Game
The Wise Decision
Ginebra was able to successfully shutdown Eric Wise as he was held down to his worst scoring production in his six appearances as an import for Barako. Wise had just 16 points to go along with 16 rebounds.
The credit all goes to Ginebra import Z-Mason who did a good job keeping Wise out of the paint and forcing him outside his comfort zones. Mason surprised Wise with his relentless and gritty defense that led to him shooting only 27 percent from the field. With their main offensive weapon contained, it was pretty much over for the Energy Colas as the locals couldn’t carry the offensive load needed in order to win the game.
Guard the 3-point Area
Aside from containing Eric Wise, the Kings’ were also able to clamp down on Barako Bull’s deadly outside shooters. The Energy Cola finished the game making just 6 out of 27 attempts (22 percent) from behind the arc, one of their worst 3-point shooting performance this conference.
There were some open looks for Barako that could have kept the game close but they just couldn’t convert from behind the arc. Even old reliables like Mick Pennisi and Ronjay Buenafe couldn’t hit their strides as they finished with 10 points and 5 points respectively.
Zaccheus Mason vs Eric Wise
Mason’s tough defense was a big factor to Wise’s poor performance in this game. While Wise was held down by Ginebra’s defense, Mason aggressively attacked the Barako defense , not settling for outside shots but opted to drive to the basket and draw fouls.
The GINeral is Back
LA Tenorio is officially back as he finished the game with 22 points and 5 assists, his best performance dating back to the Commissioner’s Cup. Tenorio carried the team on his back through the entire game especially when Ginebra was struggling to hit shots. Best thing about it? He was able to find his scoring touch while facilitating the team’s offense.
Story of the Game
Battle of the Boards
What gave the W for Ginebra in this one aside from their impressive defense was the way they handled the rebounding battle. There was a huge disparity in the number of rebounds accumulated, with the Kings winning, 67-45. 18 out of those 67 were offensive boards, which Ginebra converted to 18 second chance points.
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