BARANGAY Ginebra is expected to bounce back in a big way from its opening game loss and should do so Friday against a reeling Blackwater crew in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
The defending champion Kings are bristling to put behind them a 75-94 beating from NLEX last Sunday and are now ranged against a Bossing side still winless after two tries.
It's all about translating motivation into game.
In its 77-103 loss to Alaska and 62-71 defeat to Rain or Shine, Blackwater's lack of big men - especially the injured Frank Golla and Carl Bryant Cruz - came to the fore as the Bossing got outrebounded by an average of 15.5.
A consistent source of points is also a nagging concern for Blackwater coach Nash Racela as first game top scorer Simon Enciso was held to only seven points in the Elasto Painters' game while the likes of Nino Canaleta, Baser Amer and Mike Tolomia struggled.
Now here comes Ginebra, which should be more in sync this time around than in the NLEX game.
Ironically, it was NLEX coach Yeng Guiao who provided some pep talk for the Kings following their game. "You really cannot say if what you see now is the true strength of the teams," the seven-time PBA champion said then.
"Itong (first) three to four games, dito pa lang mag-a-adjust 'yung mga teams," added Guiao.
Japeth Aguilar has extra props since he needs just two more points to breach the 5,000-point club.
Stanley Pringle and Christian Standhardinger should also come up with performances much better than in the first game, when they combined for just 16 points. (NC)