Manhandled in Game 1, Bay Area toughened up and struck back at Barangay Ginebra Wednesday night.
The Dragons found their rhythm and played smoothly all game long, leveling up with the Gin Kings at a game apiece following a vengeful 99-82 win before a crowd of over 16,000 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
They now take a six-day breather before resuming their PBA Commissioner’s Cup best-of-seven title confrontation on Jan. 4 back at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.
Scuttled was Ginebra’s bid to tuck in a two-nil series lead going to the 2023 play.
Also blasted was the Kings’ hope to make it 3-0 over the guest team in the whole tourney.
Andrew Nicholson, Songwei Zhu, Hayden Blankley and Kobey Lam led the Bay Area fightback from their 96-81 Game 1 loss as they combined for 10 three-pointers and a total of 83 points.
For the Dragons, the big key was staying locked-in and playing their game amid the noise from the Ginebra die-hards.
Coach Brian Goorjian also mentioned their right adjustments, allowing them to get the rebounds and take control of the game.
“Tonight, we defended without fouling. We adjusted on the PBA rules, and we have to stay that way moving forward,” said Goorjian.