Brgy. Ginebra found itself in a 0-2 hole after losing Game 2 of its best-of-five semifinal series against TNT, 88-71, Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Gin Kings are now facing an uphill battle and would need a minor miracle of sorts to keep alive its quest to defend the Commissioner’s Cup title they won last year against the then-defending champs San Miguel Beermen.
For Brgy. Ginebra head coach Tim Cone, the game can simply be described as one team playing great while the other one was playing terrible.
“We played terrible and they played great. I don’t have anything to say,” said Cone who was visibly distraught after the unexpected loss.
“Just a bad game. They (TNT) played well, they got the lead. We’ll see what we can do,” added the league’s winningest bench tactician.
The KaTropa outrebounded the taller Gin Kings, 47-39, while also shooting better from 3-point country, 36% (16/44) compared to 22% (5/23).
Reigning Best Import of the conference Justin Brownlee was also held down to an average of 24 points per game, a far cry from his 34.2 clip in 13 games from the elimination round up until the quarterfinals.
“Back to the drawing board in Game 3. That’s it. It’s all that I’ve got,” quipped Cone.
Game 3 is set on Tuesday, July 30 at the MOA Arena in Pasay City with the Gin Kings badly needing a win in order to extend the series.