PBA Governors’ Cup Finals: Will Game 6 turn out like last year?

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Justin Brownlee or anyone from Barangay Ginebra could make another key shot like last season push Ginebra to the title (photo by Peter Paul Baltazar)
Justin Brownlee or anyone from Barangay Ginebra could make another key shot like last season push Ginebra to the title (photo by Peter Paul Baltazar)

Game 6 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals is pretty much set in the same fashion with that of last year. If one checks out the recap of the 2016 edition, the Ginebra Gin Kings come into the game holding a 3-2 advantage over the Meralco Bolts.

Will there be another miracle shot happening before the final buzzer?

Thanks to the recap posted by the Manila Bulletin, PBA fans can see how the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup went down. The Kings needed consecutive wins to seize the advantage after the Bolts won games 1 and 4.

The 2017 edition has so far shown a fired-up Ginebra squad with Meralco suffering from the lack of local support. Allen Durham remains lethal but the inconsistent performances of locals led by Chris Newsome and Jared Dillinger have been a nightmare for head coach Norman Black.

Aware of the importance of game 6, the Bolts are expected to come out smoking. There is no tomorrow if they lose game 6 meaning their intensity and level of play needs to be taken up a notch.

The Bolts could come out with their A-game but most know that a mere point makes the difference. In the game-clinching game 6 of the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup, that unforgettable three-point shot by Justin Brownlee should serve as a warning to Black and his charges heading into the Wednesday game at the Philippine Arena.

Ginebra doesn’t need a miracle shot to wrap up the series. An ordinary basket or single free throw will suffice. The same holds true for the Bolts if they want to stay alive.

Ginebra coach Tim Cone knows Meralco will go all out. Further, closing out the series will be pressure-packed. Former senator and PBA legend Robert “Sonny” Jaworski is aware that the Gin Kings are not assured of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup crown – at least not yet.

Both know that for the Kings to finish off the Bolts, they need to do more and push themselves to the limit.

“They can do more,” said Jaworski on Ginebra’s Game 5 performance in another report from the Manila Bulletin. “Actually, they made so many mistakes but if they put their game together it is going to work for them more.”

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