Barangay Ginebra’s latest title conquest in PBA has taken the club to the sacred ground of the tournament, after the Gin Kings last Friday night claimed their 14th title overall after battling a host of opponents – from troubles to Manpower comes to matters at the ready – in a Governor’s Cup campaign looks more like a walk than a bid.
It was certainly a glorious victory. But it’s much more than that, according to team governor Alfrancis Chua.
That is a strong message.
“Everybody was saying we didn’t stand a chance,” Chua told the Inquirer during a merry party inside the packed Mall of Asia Arena. “People have said, written that [Justin] Brownlee has no legs, [LA] Tenorio is old. Guess who’s laughing now? LA just finished with 30 points. ”
Ginebra took down Meralco, 103-92, beating their longtime boxer in six bouts to continue to be the most dominant force in the tournament closing the season by claiming a fourth win in five sessions. recent releases – all against Bolts.
Chua, who is also the athletic director of San Miguel Corp. (SMC) and as the group’s chief architect of PBA success, believes the campaign should also put other opposing PBA teams in the spotlight.
“Over the years, in so many games, the San Miguel team has been the champion,” he said. “TNT snuck up on us in the Philippine Cup [after beating Magnolia]. But now we are back.
“And for me, that’s the most important thing.”
The San Miguel teams have won the pro league for the past six seasons, with the exception of the Philippine Cup, which Tropang Giga won in a runaway fashion.
Making Friday’s championship even sweeter, Ginebra reflects what TNT and Chot Reyes did in their run to the all-Philippines title, as Tropang Giga took down one SMC team after another. another on the way to the title.
“They (Tropang Giga) ran over all of us [at San Miguel],” said Chua. “This is payback.
“But we went through the pinhole on this one,” he continued. “If you look back, our enemies are all in a state of health. But we showed heart, and we showed how Ginebra fights.
“We just kept fighting. Really “never say dead,” concludes Chua.
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