What an unforgettable night for Ginebra. Not only did they lose to Barako 104-91, but they also lost Japeth Aguilar to a knee injury in the 1st half. The doctors fear that it could be the MCL while his agent said it might be an ACL injury at worst. Definitely not a night to remember if you’re a Ginebra fan.
Let’s give credit to Barako in this game as they definitely stole this one from the Gin Kings. From the beginning up to the end, the Energy Cola’s energy (haha) was consistent. Mike Singletary had open driving lanes all night long and Emman Monfort just couldn’t miss from the outside. Even guys like Dorian Peña and Dave Marcelo contributed to their team’s victory.
Still, the big story of this game is about Japeth’s condition. People were expecting this to be his breakout conference and this injury looks like it will derail that. Plus, having any of our Gilas guys injured is never good. Let’s just hope that he will have a speedy recovery and still be able to play this conference.
Let’s check if Ginebra did their homework:
1. Slow down Mike
A big X mark here. Mike Singletary produced 38 points grabbed 17 rebounds and added a couple of steals to lead his team to victory. None of the Ginebra perimeter players could do anything against him.
2. Share the wealth
Ginebra did great in sharing the ball as they produced 19 assists. However, they could’ve had so much more if they converted more treys as they shot just 15.8% from beyond the arc.
3. Break out
This was supposed to be the breakout game of Mark Caguioa and Mac Baracael. Baracael did pretty well (11 points on 4/8 shooting), but Caguioa just continues to struggle struggle shooting the ball as he had a miserable 13-point 3/13 shooting game.
Key match-up: LA Tenorio vs. Emman Monfort
Tenorio got schooled by Monfort in this game. The Man with the minion moves scored a career-high 25 points on 5/10 shooting from beyond the arc. While Tenorio, after his own career game against Meraclo, struggled in this game, producing only four points on 1/10 shooting from the field.
Ginebra will only have a day to rest and regroup as they face Alaska Aces on Sunday.