The Kings played in true Ginebra-fashion with a come from behind win against Barako Bull, 94-75.
Barako Bull Energy Cola was ahead for almost three quarters before Ginebra came out guns blazing in final period, led (again) by Joseph Yeo’s outside sniping that took the life out of Barako. Barako was ahead in the first half because of their zone defense that limited Ginebra’s offense. The Kings were unable to connect their shots and make defensive stops, while on the other side of the floor Barako repeatedly attacked the basket. During the 4th quarter, they were able to solve the zone defense of Energy Cola with the help of Mark Caguioa and Joseph Yeo. The Kings’ had a 13-0 in the final canto, took the lead from that point and never looked back.
Another reason why Ginebra fell behind in the first half was because they were again having a hard time getting rebounds. Considering their tall frontline this shouldn’t have been a problem for them. But by halftime, Barako had a commanding 29-5 lead in the battle of boards. Coach Jeff Cariaso got the team back in the game just in time, with the help of Rodney Brondial who fought under the basket for some hard earned rebounds and were converted to second chance points. By the end of the game, Ginebra won the rebounding battle 50-47.
Aside from Joseph Yeo, the MVP of this game should be the Ginebra bench that produced 52 of the teams 94 points. Veteran Mark Caguioa led the charge with 15 points off the bench, together with Brondial and Ellis who both provided 7 markers.
The Kings’ also recorded a league-high 32 assists (43% AST), compared to Barako Bull’s 12. This is a testament on how the team is slowly but surely improving on-court playing with the Triangle Offense. When the Kings’ get their rhythm, they are an unstoppable force on the floor because of their talented squad. A proof of that is the 18-to-5 run that they made while down 9 points early in the 4th quarter.
Their next match is against San Miguel Beermen on Nov. 16. This should be exciting because June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter will face against each other again in the hardcourt.
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