NorthPort gunner Garvo Lanete torched the hoops for 24 points highlighted by 9-of-12 shooting from the field, including 6-of-9 from three-point country, in a Game 1 performance which apparently didn’t sit well with his Brgy. Ginebra counterparts.
The tables, however, were turned in Game 2 as the Gin King snipers took turns puncturing the hoop while Lanete was held down to a measly 5 markers in almost the same amount of playing time.
The backcourt tandem of LA Tenorio and Stanley Pringle combined for 43 points built on 7-of-13 shooting from long distance while the ‘Negros Sniper’, Jeff Chan, contributed 12 with half coming from long distance.
As a team, the crowd darlings shot 51% (42-of-81) compared to 40% (36-of-88) for their semis opponents.
With the series now going into the pivotal 3rd game, Chan hopes that the Gin Kings can sustain their hot-shooting and make it back-to-back over the Batang Pier to move to within a win away from a return trip to the Finals of the same conference which they ruled 2 seasons ago.
“Sana madala namin going to Game Three. Yung momentum nasa amin na. Pero walang advantage dahil na-tie lang namin yung series. Hopefully, ma-maintain namin throughout the series and maging effective pa rin yung defense namin,” said the 36-year old lefty from Bacolod City.
“Every game different yan. Sila last game, lahat ng bato nila pumapasok. Tapos kami naman ngayon. But I don’t think every game, tambakan. We expect na mahirap pa rin. Gusto lang namin, one-point win at ma-stop lang sila,” he added.