High five for Ginebra as super-subs Labagala, Espiritu carry fight

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High five for Ginebra as super-subs Labagala, Espiritu carry fight

Post by Ginebra Tambayan on Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:19 pm


High five for Ginebra as super-subs Labagala, Espiritu carry fight

UNHERALDED backup players Robert Labagala and Elmer Espiritu came through with key baskets down the stretch to lift Barangay Ginebra to a 90-84 win over stubborn Air21 and keep it in contention for a twice-to-beat playoffs advantage on Wednesday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Espiritu and Labagala combined for 10 of the Gin Kings’ last 15 points as the two former University of the East stalwarts played big for a team that has been missing key players due to injuries.

Already without star guard Mark Caguioa due to an MCL injury on his left knee, the Gin Kings also opened the game without veteran forward Kerby Raymundo (fever) and Rico Maierhofer (foot injury).

“Five in a row without Kerby, Mark and Rico,” said a relieved Barangay Ginebra coach Alfrancis Chua, whose team vaulted to solo fourth spot with its 6-5 record.

"It’s hard because Air21 really played well. Pero finally, yung mga hugot like Elmer and Rob nagko-contribute na ngayon. and that’s a good sign na kahit walang yung tatlong players namin, magandang training ito para sa amin," he added.

Vernon Macklin led the Gin Kings with 32 points and 11 rebounds.

In booking their fifth straight win, the Gin Kings also avenged their 70-74 loss to the Express in their first meeting in the mid-season tournament and stayed in contention for a twice-to-beat incentive heading into the playoffs.

On the other hand, the Express fell to 5-7 after absorbing their second straight loss.

Air21 import Michael Dunigan was held to 16 points and eight rebounds before fouling out with still under five minutes left to play. Noy Baclao foul out with still 28 seconds left in the third period backup center James Sena played the entire fourth quarter with five fouls.

KG Canaleta buried 29 points spiked with five three-pointers to lead the Express.

The scores:

Brgy Ginebra 90 - Macklin 32, Tenorio 18, Elis 10, Espiritu 10, Helterbrand 6, Labagala 4, Mamaril 4, Baracael 3, Wilson 2, Taha 1, Hatfield 0

Air21 84 - Canaleta 29, Dunigan 16, Cortez 12, Sena 8, Baclao 0, Custodio 6, Arboleda 3, Menor 2, Atkins 0, Wilson 0, Isip 0, Omolon 0, Ritualo 0

Quarterscores: 28-17, 46-41, 70-61, 90-84

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Re: High five for Ginebra as super-subs Labagala, Espiritu carry fight

Post by MR. FAST on Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:21 pm

Tuloy tuloy pa din ang fiesta sa brgy!

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Re: High five for Ginebra as super-subs Labagala, Espiritu carry fight

Post by ruxs_14 on Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:12 pm

sa dami natin namintis na freethrows buti nanalo pa rin tayo kung naipasok man lang natin yun mga freethrows nila na karamihan eh sana lamang pa tayo yun mga missed FT's ni vernon... exception na yun... pero yun sa locals inexcusable yun...

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Re: High five for Ginebra as super-subs Labagala, Espiritu carry fight

Post by garrett_jax on Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:48 am

sayang ......... di ko napanood ng buo ang laro ..... at kung pano xia nag contribute sa team ..........

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Re: High five for Ginebra as super-subs Labagala, Espiritu carry fight

Post by MR. FAST on Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:51 am

ruxs_14 wrote:sa dami natin namintis na freethrows buti nanalo pa rin tayo kung naipasok man lang natin yun mga freethrows nila na karamihan eh sana lamang pa tayo yun mga missed FT's ni vernon... exception na yun... pero yun sa locals inexcusable yun...

sakit na talaga ng Ginebra yang FT na yan.. sana talaga magpractice sila ng maigi.. buti nalang pala nag foul out si Dunnigan kung nagkataon baka may tulog pa tayo sa laban kagabe

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Re: High five for Ginebra as super-subs Labagala, Espiritu carry fight

Post by neljimz on Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:18 am

kailangan talga mahasa FT shooting nila...

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