The never say die spirit lives on as Barangay Ginebra forces a sudden death match on Sunday against TNT Tropang Texters after winning, 104-101, in their Game 4 match-up. Vernon Macklin led the Gin Kings with 37 points while five other players scored in double figures.
How the game was won
Tony Mitchell led the TNT with 44 points but did not receive any support from the locals in the 4th quarter. Ranidel De Ocampo was the lone local for TNT to score in double figures with 12 points. TNT made a run in the 3rd quarter after Macklin was slapped for flagrant foul 1.
Jayjay Helterbrand, who continue to turn the hand of clock back in time, had a brilliant game. He led the locals in scoring with 17 points. While LA Tenorio has 16 points and 8 assists. The biggest factor here is Ginebra’s defense down the stretch. Ginebra forced Mitchell to take difficult shots in the 4th quarter as Mitchel also has several miscues in the later stretch of the game.
Preview of the next game
1. Macklin must dominate. Yes, Tony Mitchell scored 44 points but he also has eight turnovers and missed some crucial baskets while Macklin scored 37 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and provided the inside presence Ginebra needed. V-Mac also scored a lay-up to put them back in the lead for good.
2. The bench play. TNT outscored Ginebra’s bench, 27-19. Every player Coach Norman fielded in gave him a boost while another subpar outing from Josh Urbiztondo.
3. The Spark. Mark Caguioa is still sitting on the bench giving instructions and cheering for his team because he still can’t get a go from his knee but his partner JayJay Helterbrand provided a spark on this game as he scored 17 points and provided leadership on his team.
Ginebra is in a familiar territory trying to beat another giant. Playing in front of the fans will Spark Ginebra as they make way to the finals by beating TNT in game 5.