Someone needs to step up for Ginebra

April 11, 2012 by  

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Sans Mark Caguioa, the Barangay Ginebra Kings went guns ablaze. Jackson Vroman was a force while the backcourt tandem of Mike Cortez and Jayjay Helterbrand and the forward crew of Willy Wilson and Rudy Hatfield were instrumental in leading the Kings in the opening salvo, 21 to 8.

Then the B-Meg Llamados went on a second quarter rampage by scoring 25 points in the second quarter as the Kings went cold with eight.

The Kings went tumbling down afterwards.

The contest ended with an 82 to 67 win for the Llamados – claiming Game One of the their Best-of-five series.

If this is an indication of things to come… then the Kings are toast.

Here are the key factors that Ginebra needs to accomplish if they want to even the series:

STEP UP
The Kings scored 21 points in two quarters which led to B-Meg’s tear. Isn’t Ginebra a team filled with past and present superstars? This is the problem when you bench star players and convert them to role players. In some ways, you know Ginebra had it bad when your leading scorer is Rob Labagala who just had ten points which is the same output as their import.

REBOUNDS
B-Meg mauled the Gins on the boards with a whopping 52 rebounds compared to Ginebra’s 38. Usual suspects Denzel Bowles and Marc Pingris had their normal load but what about JC Intal, Peter June Simon, and Josh Urbiztondo who had five caroms and more? For the Kings they had the loss coming if their key rebounder aside from Vroman is Jayjay Helterbrand. Aside from these two, only Enrico Villanueva had five boards. What the hell happened to Rudy Hatfield and Kerby Raymundo??

STEP UP PART TWO
Man I’m critical about this. Can’t you see? I mean there is a reason why Ginebra traded for Kerby Raymundo. Kerby is a beast of a presence and despite being turnover prone, this is a stat you get because when he was still in B-Meg/Purefoods, the ball always travel in his way. So why the hell are they using him for ten minutes? How can Kerby exalt his revenge when he is just averaging in measly minutes???

Even if the Llamados won, there are still rooms for improvement for Tim Cone and his roster:

SHOCK TROOPERS UNITE
As long as freshly-traded JC Intal and Yancy de Ocampo want to exalt revenge on their former team and as long as the rest of the Llamados get their act going, then you can bet your balls that B-Meg will face the winner of the TNT-Barako Bull series in the finals.

JAMES YAP AND JOE DEVANCE
Here are two players that seriously need to step up. James Yap has been lackluster offensive-wise even in the start of the conference while it’s worse for Joe Devance who has been quiet since the start of the season. After Bowles they should be the guys that should carry the load. Is the pressure getting to them? I don’t believe this one bit.

GET INTO THE PATTERN
Remember when Macmac Cardona got ejected 70 seconds after the start of the first quarter of Game Two and got injured leading him to struggle in Game Two? Fact is, whenever their enemy’s top shooting guard bogs down, it usually leads to a B-Meg win. Hopefully this won’t be the case but hey… you can’t argue with the pattern because it was been 3-of-3 as of late.

When the series heads to Friday, I expect the Kings to adjust. Like Talk N Text, I can’t see the second seeds faltering twice in consecutive matches. Someone needs to step up for the Gins and the Gins were working their magic before they changed to their second stringers.

Maybe Siot Tanquingcen can get Kerby Raymundo to play more than ten minutes per game?

Game over.

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