Barangay Geneva showed off the defending champion’s form that it is on Friday and scored its first PBA Philippine Cup victory after splitting from Blackwater down the stretch to clinch a 96-81 victory at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
And it wasn’t a surprise to coach Tim Cone.
“We started slowly, we didn’t panic. We know we’ll get it back and feel like we’ll be there at the end when it’s needed, ”he said shortly after dropping the boss to his third straight loss.
Stanley Pringle led Geneva with 19 points, while LA Tenorio added 17, as they both shone down the stretch, just as Blackwater edged closer to 79-77.
“Oh man, it was pretty rough,” Pringle said. “I think we are trying to get back to how we were playing. We are really focusing right now on our defense – to take a step forward, to improve on defense – especially on the ball. “
Christian Standhardinger appeared to be getting into the Geneva rhythm, finishing with 11 points and 19 rebounds to help the Gin Kings bounce back from a surprise loss to NLEX on their debut.
While it was far from the prettiest basketball Geneva could play, Cone still praised his troops for coming back when it mattered – something that should come in handy, especially in Sunday’s battle with sister team Magnolia.
“We know we have a really tough opponent against Magnolia,” he said. “They’re obviously one of the best teams in the league, especially with (Calvin) Abueva in that team now and Paul Lee and Ian Sangalang and Mark Barroca in that previous group.”
Blackwater threatened twice in the fourth period, all thanks to Mike Tolomia’s 22 points off the bench.
But it didn’t help that most of Bossing’s veterans, including KG Canaleta and Baser Amer, were freezing all night. The pair accounted for just seven points combined.
Getting that first win looks even bleaker now for Nash Racela and his charges, who will play San Miguel Beer next.
Parks get the green light
In related news, Ray Parks Jr., the two-way guard who last played for the TNT franchise, is set to join a growing crop of Philippine cages in Japan.
None other than Rick Vargas, the governor of the Tropang Giga team, said they have given the Filipino-American the signal to march to exercise his trade in the Land of the Rising Sun, ending a nasty dispute that began months ago when Parks left. resisted signing. a renewal for the maximum amount.
“TNT has sent a letter to the PBA to clarify Rayray, subject to PBA policy,” he told the Inquirer on Friday, confirming an earlier press report.
PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial also assured that the league will not get in the way, allowing Parks to join four other Filipinos in the B.League. With the PBA releasing Parks, it would be interesting to see now how Asia’s pioneering pro league intends to navigate the situation around Thirdy Ravena’s older brother, Kiefer, the NLEX playmaker who signed in June with a team of the B. League and was even included in the Shiga. The final Lakestars roster for your upcoming season.
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