After losing their first game against Air21, Barangay Ginebra has a chance to redeem themselves when they face off against Global Port Batang Pier tomorrow. As of this writing, Ginebra still hasn’t found a replacement for their import Herbert Hill after his poor showing in their first game. For now, let’s just assume they haven’t replaced Hill yet. Thus, they need to bring their A-game versus Global Port or else we may see Ginebra suffer two straight defeats.
Keys to the Game:
1. Stop the Sol Train – Ginebra must take the M (Mercado) away from MMDA to make them MAD. Sol runs this team. Last game he dished 16 assists. That’s 2 straight games with double digits assists. So if Ginebra can limit Sol Mercado, GlobalPort’s offensive attack will be in shambles.
2. Locals must step up – Now that they know they can’t rely on their import, the locals must step up. Caguioa is steady but the other locals like LA Teñorio, Jayjay Helterbrand, Chris Ellis and Rudy Hatfield must step up their game. If they want to win this game, it’s going to be a team effort and not one or two men shouldering the entire load.
3. Transition Defense – With Miller, Mercado, David and Aguilar on tow, Ginebra can’t afford to turn the ball over. Batang Pier’s MMDA can run the building and they’re deadly in transition. The good news is that, they don’t generate a lot of turnovers (they only have 5 total steals in 2 games), the bad news is that they’re really good when they can run — GlobalPort has scored 27 fastbreak points on 17 possessions.
Mark Caguioa vs. Gary David – Caguioa and David fought the MVP award last season with the former winning it. So it is interesting to see how El Granada plays after losing the MVP to the Spark. Mark Caguioa scored 26 points — most of them from the FT line — while Gary David averaged 23.5 points in GBP’s first 2 games. Look for both these cagers to duke it out in a puntos-por-puntos duel.