Judging from the way Barangay Ginebra’s practice went on Saturday, it looks like BGSM fans can expect a more energetic game from their favorite team on Sunday against Philippine Cup king San Miguel Beer.
Ginebra obviously, started on the wrong foot after opening the Commissioner’s Cup with back-to-back losses to Meralco and Barako Bull, respectively.
Basketball netizens have been abuzz, sharing their thoughts on Ginebra’s latest “lose-capades”.
Fil-Am guard Chris Ellis knew everyone has his or her own opinion regarding the team’s early conference mishap, but he believes the Gin Kings are doing well in approaching the mid-season tournament with a positive mindset.
“Everybody’s saying all those (negative stuff), but I think in the mental aspect, we’re catching up,” observed Ellis, whose time has been reduced since Joseph Yeo arrived late last season.
The 26-year-old former Mary Liarden Baylor stalwart also pointed out to the team’s veteran leaders like Mark Caguioa, Jayjay Helterbrand, Billy Mamaril and Josh Urbiztondo, who have been vocal in helping right the ship of the team.
“Mark, Jayjay, Billy and Josh, these guys are talking the most,” Ellis said. “Jayjay was always saying the positive stuff and the right things. Same with Josh, while Mark is always there to get things fixed.”
Ellis also believes the entry of Dorian Pena, who was acquired several days ago through a three-team trade, will be huge as far as front court leadership is concerned.
“With Dorian Pena in, it’s gonna be a big, big, big change because he’s a good presence for the team,” said Ellis.
After all is said and done in practice, everything boils down to Ginebra’s effort to bounce on Sunday against a San Miguel side, which is still smarting from an 88-78 upset loss to expansion team KIA.
A win would mean restoring its confidence back as well as restore the hopes of the Ginebra fans on their favorite team.
But a loss will sink Ginebra deep in the cellar and put to question its ability to play as a team.