Do or die

November 13, 2018

Game today

(Smart Araneta Coliseum)

7 p.m. – Magnolia  vs. Ginebra

The results:

Game 1 -- Magnolia def. Ginebra, 106-98.

Game 2 --Magnolia  def. Ginebra, 101-97.

NEVER-say-die.

In  what could be its final game of the season, two-time defending champion Barangay Ginebra  hopes to come up with its patented  never-say die spirit in Game 3 of  their best-of-five semifinal series against Magnolia in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Gin Kings need nothing less than a victory against the Hotshots in their 7 p.m. encounter to keep their bid for third straight finals appearance in the season-ending, import-flavored conference.

A  loss would mean the end of the season  for  the league’s most popular team.

“Definitely, we have to bring back that attitude ( never-say-die),” said Ginebra import Justin Brownlee.

“The more important thing now is how  we approached the game. It’s just not knowing offense and defense, but we have to execute.”

The  same   never-say-die spirit of Ginebra is also what’s keeping Magnolia coach Chito Victolero worried.

“Winning  two games is nothing. We have to win three games (against Ginebra),” said Victolero,who is hoping to lead the Hotshots to their seconds finals appearance this  season.

League  records also show that since the best-of-five semis was  institutionalized in 1993, all but  one of 37  teams which went up 2-0 won the series.

But recent history is also fresh on Victolero’s mind.

Ginebra  is also the only team to   dig  itself out of such a  0-2 hole once in a similar race-to-three duel, during its controversy-filled 2010 Philippine Cup quarterfinals series with Talk N Text.

Victolero  also  recalled the Hotshots had been in similar situation before also against the Gin Kings.

It can be  recalled that during the last season’s Philippine Cup best-of-seven semis, the Hotshots, (then still known as Star), also stormed to a 3-2 lead before Kings beat them twice to clinch the series.

“I have asked my players to remember that (semis loss),” said Victolero.

“We’ve experienced that before and we’ll try our best na sana makuha namin iyung pangatlong panalo.”