Meralco def Brgy. Ginebra, 91-73 [PBA S48 PH Cup | Mar. 15, 2024]

Brgy. Ginebra will face off against long-time rival Meralco in their final game before the All-Star festivities on Friday at the PBA Season 48 Philippine Cup in the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Despite their perfect record in the season so far, the Gin Kings acknowledge that they are a team still evolving, particularly in the absence of Scottie Thompson. Coach Tim Cone emphasizes the importance of finding a balance between playing up-tempo and solid defense.

As they prepare to take on the Bolts in the upcoming main event at 7:30 p.m., the crowd darlings aim for their third consecutive victory before heading to Bacolod for the 2024 PBA All-Star Weekend, where Coach Cone will lead Team Japeth Aguilar which will be bannered five Brgy. Ginebra players – Aguilar, Christian Standhardinger, Jamie Malonzo, Maverick Ahanmisi and Stanley Pringle.

Even with his injury, Thompson remains part of the roster. Additionally, John Pinto will represent the Gin Kings in Team Mark Barroca under Coach Jorge Gallent.

However, the focus remains on the game against Meralco as they look to maintain their winning streak before facing Magnolia in the Manila Classico on March 31 at the Big Dome.

Coach Cone and his team are determined to carry the momentum from their recent victories as they go up against a struggling Meralco squad, who are looking to bounce back from a two-game losing streak.

Coach Luigi Trillo’s Bolts have had a tough start to the season, with close losses to Blackwater, NLEX, and NorthPort. Despite their competitive performances, Meralco has struggled to close out games effectively.

The Gin Kings understand the formidable challenge that Meralco presents, with All-Star players Chris Newsome and Cliff Hodge leading the charge for the Bolts.

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