Brgy. Ginebra and San Miguel are currently on opposite ends of their PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals duel, but they do share one thing in common and that is to take care of business Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Back-to-back wins in the series’ first two games put the Gin Kings on the verge of wrapping up the best-of-five duel and moving on to the best-of-seven finals.
The possibility of an early close-out to the series is something that has entered Ginebra coach Tim Cone’s mind, but nothing his entire team should dwell on.
“I mean, you start looking for that (sweep), saying you have that kind of lead, then you open yourself up to be kampante. And if you do that against a team like this then you’re in big trouble,” explained the wizened tactician.
“Basically, we got one game to play. That’s all we’re thinking about. The old ‘one game at a time.’ ,” added Cone. “So we’re gonna talk about playing one game. We’re not gonna talk about anything else but playing one game.”
League records certainly seem to not be on the side of SMB. In a total 26 best-of-five series, this marks only the fourth time in the Beermen’s history that they went down 0-2. They have never been swept, but always lost via similar 1-3 counts.
His team wilting under the immense pressure and instead looking forward to the league’s resumption in October is something SMB coach Jorge Gallent sorely wants to avoid. “Hopefully, I can motivate them Monday and Tuesday so that ‘yung mindset nila is not yet on vacation mode,” he said.