After a dominating Game 4 where they outclassed the Meralco Bolts on all areas to take a commanding 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Finals series, the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings are now just one win away from claiming the coveted PBA Governors’ Cup crown.
Being up 3-1 does post a significant advantage for coach Tim Cone and his wards, but it still by no means guarantee them the championship.
We’ve seen teams overcome even greater odds in the PBA and it’s never really over until the fat lady sings.
Game 5 may very well be the most important match of the series for both teams. A win for the Bolts simply ensures they live to fight another day.
For Ginebra, a win gives coach Tim Cone his 22nd PBA title, while completely extinguishing Meralco’s hopes. Apart from gaining the coveted title, a win at the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday gives the Gin Kings some time to rest and recuperate for the upcoming season, slated to begin just a month and a half from today.
The season-ending tournament has been a long and grueling journey from all PBA teams, and winning the title makes all those sacrifices worth it for Ginebra.
Having been in the same situation throughout his legendary coaching career, Cone knows that one can never be complacent, especially against a scrappy Bolts team – who now has gotten even more dangerous with their backs against the wall.
After four pulsating games, Ginebra will now have up to three tries to deliver the coup de grace.
The Gin Kings hope to deliver the killing blow as swiftly and painlessly as possible. No drama. No daylight for a possible Game 7.
Ginebra’s spitfire guard Stanley Pringle will enter Game 5 looking to light up the scoreboard anew, while Japeth Aguilar will look to continue to swat every Meralco shot in sight. These two are the current frontrunners for Finals MVP plum, which may very well be decided as to which one manages to come out blazing in Game 5.
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