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Barangay Ginebra San Miguel squandered a 16-point third quarter lead before eking out an 85-82 over the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers on Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

“At the start of the game, we did a good job on our defense. We were able to control the tempo, but when they started pressuring us, marami kaming mistakes,” said Ginebra coach Ato Agustin.

“The breaks went on our side that’s why we won the game.”

The Gin Kings looked on pace for the easy victory after opening up a 70-54 spread after a Jayjay Helterbrand three-pointer near the end of the third period.

But the Mixers came roaring back, scoring the next 18 points of the game behind James Yap, Mark Barroca, and Justin Melton to take a 72-70 edge.

San Mig Coffee continued the onslaught, taking a 76-72 advantage. But a banked three-pointer by Emman Monfort sparked an 8-4 run that gave Ginebra back the advantage, 80-78.

Ginebra still led by four points before Joe Devance’s three-pointer cut the Mixers’ deficit, 83-82. LA Tenorio sank two free throws to give the Gin Kings more breathing room with 5.4 seconds left.

San Mig Coffee had one final shot to tie the game, but Yap’s three-point attempt failed to hit the target, allowing Ginebra to tie the PLDT Home DSL Philippine Cup semifinals series at 2-all.

“The players didn’t lose their composure, veterans namin nagdala, tapos nag-contribute lahat,” said Agustin.

Mac Baracael led Ginebra with 20 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting, bouncing back strong after being ejected in Game Three.

Yap led San Mig Coffee with 20 points, but usual suspects Barroca (10 points) and Peter June Simon (five points) were less effective than usual.

“Na-contain namin nang konti, na-limit namin yung guards nila, PJ and Barroca,” said Agustin.

The scores:

GINEBRA 85 – Baracael 20, Tenorio 16, Slaughter 11, Ellis 9, Aguilar 7, Caguioa 7, Helterbrand 5, Monfort 5, Reyes 3, Mamaril 2.

SAN MIG SUPER COFFEE 82 – Yap 20, Devance 13, Barroca 10, Melton 9, Pingris 7, Sangalang 7, Mallari 6, Simon 5, Reavis 5, De Ocampo 0.

Quarters: 21-20, 46-43, 70-56, 85-82

According to Ginebra coach Ato Agustin, there is no definitely timetable for the return of guard Josh Urbiztondo. (Jerome Ascano)

BARANGAY Ginebra backup playmaker Josh Urbiztondo remains out of commission three games into the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series as he’s still in the US attending to his ailing mother.

In the absence of Urbiztondo, Ginebra coach Ato Agustin had to work on a guard rotation of LA Tenorio and Eman Monfort, with Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand playing the two-guard spots.

But the Kings were obviously outhustled by San Mig in Game Three of the best-of-seven series, getting just two points off fastbreaks compared to the 19 points scored off the transition by their opponents.

The Mixers went on to win the game, 97-89, to regain control of the best-of-seven series, 2-1.

Tenorio said the experience of the 6-foot Urbiztondo could have been a plus factor for the Kings, especially in trying to keep pace with a fastbreaking San Mig backcourt led by Mark Barroca and rookie guard Justin Melton, whose quickness helped the Mixers score on several fastbreak opportunities in the payoff period.

“Unang una, dagdag din sa rotation ng guards si Josh. With his experience, subok na rin siya sa playoffs. Malaking bagay din talaga, kaya nami-miss namin siya,” Tenorio said after the game, which saw him play 38 extended minutes.

Without Urbiztondo, Tenorio said the rest of his backcourt mates need to step up their game as they try to counter their San Mig counterparts in Game Four.

Coach Ato Agustin said there is no definite timetable for the return of the former Fresno Pacific stalwart, which is why he’ll have to stick with the point guard tandem of Tenorio and Monfort at the moment.

The pint-sized Monfort though sprained his right ankle late in the third period of Sunday’s game at the Mall of Asia Arena and may have to play through the injury for the rest of the series.

Urbiztondo is averaging just 3.1 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 0.8 assists in 12 minutes of play this conference, but remains a scoring threat due to his ability to shoot three-point shots in bunches.


Photo by PBA | Nuki Sabio

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel used a suffocating zone defense to cruise to a surprisingly easy 93-64 victory over the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers on Friday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The Gin Kings pounced on a lackluster effort by the Mixers to tie their Manila Clasico semifinals series in the PLDT Home DSL Philippine Cup at 1-all.

“Adjustment namin defense namin, start namin maganda,” said Ginebra coach Ato Agustin. “We were able to limit their offense (to just) 60-plus.”

Greg Slaughter dominated with 15 of his 21 points in the first half. But it was on the defensive end where Ginebra made hay, springing a 2-3 zone that shackled the San Mig Coffee offense for a 48-32 lead at the half.

Instead of letting up, Ginebra opened the third quarter on fire, scoring the first five points of the second half to open up a 21-point edge. The Gin Kings fended off numerous fightback attempts by San Mig Coffee, led by stars James Yap, Peter June Simon, and Marc Pingris.

The Mixers couldn’t sustain the run with their second unit, allowing the Gin Kings to take a 69-53 lead heading into the fourth period. Ginebra put the final nail on the coffin with an 8-0 run, and nursed the lead the rest of the way.

Slaughter finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Jayjay Helterbrand and Billy Mamaril provided offensive boost off the bench for the Gin Kings, chipping in 11 and 10 points, respectively.

LA Tenorio added 10 points and eight assists for Ginebra, winning his matchup with San Mig Coffee point guard Mark Barroca, who struggled for the second straight game with just seven points on 1-of-6 shooting from the field.

Simon led the Mixers with 16 points, Pingris added 15, while Yap finished with 14.

Game Three is set on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena at 5 p.m. Agustin said he expects San Mig Coffee counterpart Tim Cone to go back to the drawing board.

“San Mig will adjust sa zone defense namin. Kelangan ma-anticipate namin yung gagawin nila,” said Agustin.

The scores:

GINEBRA 93 – Slaughter 21, Helterbrand 11, Tenorio 10, Mamaril 10, Reyes 8, Caguioa 8, Aguilar 7, Monfort 5, Ellis 4, Faundo 4, Baracael 3, Forrester 2, Ababou 0.

SAN MIG SUPER COFFEE 64 – Simon 16, Pingris 15, Yap 14, Barroca 7, De Ocampo 3, Acuna 3, Mallari 3, Devance 2, Cawaling 1, Gaco 0, Sangalang 0, Melton 0, Holstein 0, Reavis 0.




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