Barangay Ginebra defeat Meralco Bolts in Despicable fight on Game 6 to win the PBA Governors’ Cup at OKBET Basketball 2022


Barangay Ginebra win PBA Governors’ Cup at OKBET Basketball

Barangay Ginebra, Following a 103-92 thrashing of the Meralco Bolts in front of 20,224 fans at the Mall of Asia Arena, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel finished off a historic comeback in its 2022 PBA Governors’ Cup campaign by claiming the title on Friday as the sixth seed at OKBET Basketball.

With 4:35 left in the game, LA Tenorio and Justin Brownlee spearheaded a crucial 11-0 run that put Ginebra up, 96-80. The Bolts got as close as 10, but Tenorio, who had 30 points to lead Ginebra, made a floater and a three-pointer to seal the victory.

Barangay Ginebra received criticism from a number of sources. Christian Standhardinger scored 19, Scottie Thompson, who was awarded Finals MVP, contributed 15, and Brownlee scored 24 points at OKBET Basketball.

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The Gin Kings dropped to the sixth seed with a 6-5 record after dropping four straight games in the elimination round. However, they found their form in the playoffs, defeating the third-seeded TNT Tropang Giga after facing a twice-to-beat disadvantage and then the second-seeded NLEX Road Warriors in four games to advance to their third Governors’ Cup finals matchup against the fourth-seeded Bolts.

The Gin Kings won their fourth Governors’ Cup championship and 14th overall after falling down 1-2 in the championship series. This victory put them in a tie for second place in league history with the Alaska and Purefoods franchises. With 27 trophies, the San Miguel Beermen are the all-time winningest team.

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Tim Cone, the head coach of Barangay Ginebra won his 24th PBA championship overall with the win, which is the most in league history and nine more than the late Baby Dalupan. Bolts coach Norman Black has the second-most among current coaches, with 11.

Cone defeated Black in the PBA championship series for the sixth time, while Meralco fell to Barangay Ginebra in the Governors’ Cup Finals for the fourth time.

Cone, who won his sixth championship with the Gin Kings, described the situation as “a little bit startling at this moment for us, since we were so far behind at one point.” “I mean, we had truly hit rock bottom, and there was a period when I didn’t believe we would come out and make a statement this conference,” the author said. But once again, our crew is incredibly experienced. The leadership has really stepped up, and we have excellent experienced leadership.

We came to a choice when we had to quit and return after the pandemic break, according to Cone. In order to conserve his legs, we decided to put the ball in Scottie’s hands more often and to move LA off the ball a little bit more. Scottie first had difficulty with it, but after a few games he really began to get it. And at that point, Scottie’s play reached a whole new level. He got the chance to oversee and manage the team well. That, in my opinion, was one of our greatest accomplishments.

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Meralco initially seemed poised to force a decisive Game 7 on Sunday. The Bolts led 28-21 after the first quarter, and despite Barangay Ginebra finally catching up, neither team was able to break away. The score was tied at 47 at the start of the second half, and Brownlee only had two points. Cone saw all of this as a good indication.

“In the first half, we did not play well. They persisted in finding ways to remain in the game as we battled, Cone said. “And I continued to check the score up above. I clearly recall believing that we would be losing by nine or eleven points as I kept checking the score. We are just down one, according to the score. or just three down. And I was shocked by that because it seemed like they were just outplaying us.

Just before the league took a six-week sabbatical due to another Covid epidemic, Barangay Ginebra suffered a significant loss against archrival Magnolia. The squad lost three additional games as soon as the game restarted.

Ginebra started to make its presence felt in the second half, mostly because to the ageless Tenorio, who was taking part in his 699th straight PBA game at OKBET Basketball. It’s noteworthy to note that the 37-year-old took up the scoring slack and had his fourth game versus the Bolts with 30 or more points. When the Gin Kings started to gain a lead in the third, Brownlee also stepped up, scoring 17 points.

Cone added, “That’s what LA does for us.” He makes huge plays and big shots, and in the fourth quarter, he really took over the game. He did, really. He’s also a youngster who enjoys winning and is skilled at doing so. Over the years, he has taught himself how to succeed, and he is our captain.

Without mentioning Barangay Ginebra‘s fanbase, unquestionably the largest and most illustrious in PBA history, any tale about the team’s title would fall short. Cone thought about the team’s sixth man and the never-say-die attitude that has characterized the club since 1985 as the league established yet another new single-game pandemic attendance mark.

“Am I surprised? Yes. I can’t believe we are here. However, NSD, you know. [never-say-die]. We are a squad that never gives up. We have that tradition, and trying to uphold it constantly is both an honor and a burden. Because it’s so difficult to uphold, yet these people have been successful in doing so. I believe we would not have been able to overcome [it] if this had occurred to us during the bubble when we had that poor beginning or midway. However, when we began to play better hoops, the crowd began to go crazy. And it really encouraged us and kept us going at OKBET Basketball.

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