Ginebra couldn’t overcome a slow start as it drops its 2nd game in a row with a loss  to Global Port Batang Pier, 89-80. After a scoreless first quarter, Mark Caguioa scored 20 points in the last 3 quarters and Herbert Hill added 22 points and 19 rebounds. No other local scored in double figures for Ginebra.

Justin Williams was a monster on the defensive end (photo credit: Rey Joble, InterAKTV)

Justin Williams was a monster on the defensive end
(photo credit: Rey Joble, InterAKTV)

Here are the player grades:

Herbert Hill (7.5) – Hill was better at this one but he was again outplayed by his counterpart. He finished with 22 points 19 rebounds. He only converted 10 of his 24 shots, not good enough as a center and as an import in the PBA.

Mark Caguioa (8) – The Spark was again on target. After going scoreless in the first quarter, he poured 10 points in the 2nd quarter finishing with 20 points. He was the only local who scored in double digits.

LA Tenorio (4) – Aside from his two 3’s in the 4th, he has nothing to show for. LA was again a non-factor in this game.

Locals (3) – Ginebra’s locals not named Mark Caguioa are to blame for this one. Where is the support? Where is the help? Where is the energy? If they play the same way on Sunday they could find themselves 0-3 on Sunday.

Keys to the game:

1. Stop the Sol train (3) – Ginebra allowed Sol to play his game. He finished with 12 points and 13 assists – his 3rd straight game with double digit assist. It seems like he’s enjoying his new role in Global Port.

2. Locals must step up (5) – If not for Mark Caguioa they would received a 2 from me. They were outplayed and outhustled by the GlobalPort locals. It seemed like they were intimidated at Justin Williams.

3. Transition defense (6) – Ginebra was able to outrun Global Port in this one but every time Global Port runs Ginebra doesn’t sprint back on defense.

– Justin Williams was a monster tallying 23 points 23 rebounds and 8 blocks. He also changed a lot of Ginebra shots from the inside.

– Sol Mercado finished the game with a double-double. He had 12 points and 13 assists.

-Willie Miller came off the bench in this game. He was replaced by Mark Yee in the starting lineup.

– The showdown of “The Spark” and “El Granada” was fun to watch. Caguioa finished with 20 points while Gary David had 22 points. David has the luxury of playing off the ball while Caguioa needed to carry his team on his shoulders once again.