Brgy. Ginebra stepped up and dealt Magnolia tremendous beating in the second quarter and went on to pull off an 86-75 victory in the opener of their PBA Philippine Cup best-of-three quarterfinals at the MOA Arena in Pasay City Saturday night.
Art dela Cruz, in his first playoff game in a Ginebra uniform, was among those who played with a sustained efficient effort as the Kings stopped the Hotshots’ three-game romp in the tourney.
“Sa ensayo laging ipinapaalala ni coach Tim ang nagyari in the semifinals last conference. And so the team is really well motivated,” said Dela Cruz.
Counting their 97-93 win in their elims matchup on March 17, Ginebra has made it two in a row over Magnolia since losing their semifinal duel in the last Governors Cup.
The Kings pummeled the Hotshots, 27-9, in the second period and sustained the effort through the final half to inch within a game of the Philippine Cup semis.