For sure, it will take more than just another one-man show to beat a stacked-up Barangay Ginebra side this Valentine’s Day.
GlobalPort and Ginebra fell on the way side Friday night after bowing to separate opponents at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Batang Pier, who are coming off a first-ever semifinal stint in the Philippine Cup, drew an explosive 41-point game from last season’s Most Improved Player Terrence Romeo.
But the former Far Eastern University star’s efforts weren’t enough as GlobalPort succumbed to Mahindra, 111-98.
Ginebra, on the other hand, opened the Commissioner’s Cup without Greg Slaughter.
The Kings blew a 14-point advantage, lost key players Japeth Aguilar and Chris Ellis to fouls late in the game, and failed to stop NLEX import Al Thornton as they dropped a 114-112 overtime decision to the Road Warriors.
There’s no doubt that Terrence Romeo can score anytime as evidenced by his career-high tying 41-point outburst two nights ago. But winning the game as a team is different from winning it all by yourself.
And Romeo knows that.
In fact, in his brief post-game chat with media men, Romeo said his fiery offensive don’t mean anything at all because it didn’t carry his team to victory.
“Walang kwenta yung career-high kung talo kami,” was Romeo’s response to his 41-point performance.
On Sunday, Ginebra and GlobalPort will have their “date” at the Big Dome as they renew their brewing rivalry.
True-blue PBA fans knew for a fact that Ginebra’s semifinal hopes ended on Dec. 27 after bowing to GlobalPort, 83-84 in a controversial non-call by the referees during the dying seconds of the extension period.
GlobalPort went on to march to its first-ever semifinal appearance in franchise history, where the Batang Pier eventually bowed to the Alaska Aces, 4-1.
Ginebra for sure, has a lot of respect for this GlobalPort side that has improved significantly since joining the league three years ago.
And yes, the Kings will be motivated as well as they try to erase the stigma of that quarterfinal defeat to the Batang Pier.
GlobalPort’s big reinforcement Brian Williams will have to assert his presence in the paint after having a quiet offensive game in his PBA debut with just 13 points.
Sunday’s game should be a big treat for PBA fans as both teams go for its first win this conference.