TEST OF WILLS

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TEST OF WILLS

Post by Ginebra Tambayan on Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:38 pm



BARANGAY Ginebra San Miguel and Rain or Shine know it takes more than just X’s and O’s to win a game, not to mention a series.

“Importante iyung mental toughness kapag sa ganu’ng laban,”said Kings coach Siot Tanquingcen, his sentiment eerily echoed by Elasto Painters counterpart Yeng Guiao on the day prior to the start of their PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals series Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“We prepared ourselves the best way we can for this series,” said Guiao, referring to the best-of-three duel. “More than the physical aspect, mental toughness is the key in winning against Ginebra.”

Both have had recent experiences to back up their contention. In their last meeting last Nov. 25, Ginebra came back from 17 points down to carve a 97-90 decision before the Kings failed to display such fortitude, blew a 17-point third quarter lead and bowed to Talk N Text, 77-87, last Sunday.

Such fates helped push Rain or Shine at No. 3 following the 14-game eliminations and set up the duel with Ginebra, which finished at No. 6.

At first glance, Ginebra seems to have the edge, having also won their initial encounter,98-94.

Guiao, however, simply shrugged those losses off.

“This is the time when winning really counts,” he stated.

In both those games, Ginebra controlled the boards and Guiao said that is one department his charges must concentrate on. “We need to match their rebounding strength if we are to survive this series. We don’t want to take an early break,” he said.

The teams also appear headed for different directions.

Prior to that loss to the Tropang Texters the Kings also dropped a 79-83 decision to Barako Bull while the E-Painters wound up the elims with a cruising 116-101 victory over the Energy Cola.

Also, for the first time since Game 2 of the Governors Cup Finals against B-Meg (now San Mig Coffee), Paul Lee used the Barako game to finally see action and promptly delivered 16 points, six assists and four rebounds in just 20 minutes.

“It’s a good sign for us, Paul playing the way he did,” said Guiao after that game. “He adds a new dimension to our game going to quarterfinals.”

With Lee back, Rain or Shine’s backcourt suddenly gained much-needed depth that can match Ginebra’s since Guiao can also count on Gabe Norwood, Chris Tiu, TY Tang and Jonathan Uyloan, who exploded for career-highs of 18 points, four rebounds and as many assists against Barako to backstop Jervy Cruz’s game-high 23 points.

What should be of vital interest to Ginebra fans is how Mark Caguioa fares this time around since rumors persist he is suffering from a bum ankle as well as a pulled thigh muscle. (NC)

SOURCE: PBA.ph

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Post by skyscraper on Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:58 pm

WillToWin!! Ginebra For Life!! Kaya yan! Teamwork lang at trust sa isat isa ang kailangan.,,.

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Post by MR. FAST on Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:00 pm

Sana mag step up sila Ellis, Maliksi at iba pa dahil di pala 100% healthy si MC..

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Post by skyscraper on Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:14 pm

sana maboost ang confidence ng mga rookies at gumana ang outside shooting ni LA..

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Post by geraldasakura on Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:37 pm

Mananlo tayo! maniwala lang! Never Say Die!

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