MANILA, Philippines – The Barangay Ginebra Kings are aiming to force a deciding game when they face the B-Meg Llamados tonight in Game 4 of their best-of-five semi-finals showdown of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
B-Meg had a chance to sweep the series last Sunday, but KG Canaleta and Mike Cortez came through with sterling performances to lead the Kings to an 88-79 Game 3 victory.
Ginebra will have a chance to force a do-or-die Game 5 tonight, and head coach Siot Tanquingcen believes that in their situation, game plans will no longer be the deciding factor.
"It boils down to puso (heart)," he told PBA.ph. "Ibuhos na lahat, iyo 'yung kailangan naming gawin."
"Kami rin ang dahilan kung bakit kami nandito. But we have to persevere, i-build pa yung character ng team, 'yung Ginebra spirit. If we build character, it will give us hope," Tanquingcen added.
The Kings hope to get another good performance from Canaleta, who topscored with 23 points, and Cortez, who tallied a triple-double of 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Meanwhile, the Llamados are hoping to see a bounce-back game from their key players, especially former MVP James Yap, import Denzel Bowles and Marc Pingirs.
Yap scored 14 points but was scoreless in the entire second half, while Bowles missed his first eight field goals in the game. Pingris, meanwhile, was ejected early in the second quarter after incurring a technical foul and a flagrant.
B-Meg coach Tim Cone took on some of the blame. "I'd like to say that we beat ourselves last game by playing with little focus and awareness, but I don't want to take the credit away from Siot and their coaching staff and the way they prepared," he said.
"But when our guys come out unfocused like that, it’s on me. It’s my fault," Cone added.
If Ginebra wins tonight, the deciding Game 5 will be held on Thursday.
In the other semi-finals series, the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters forced a do-or-die Game 5 after routing the Barako Bull Energy, 108-90, Monday night in their Game 4 encounter.