BARANGAY GINEBRA SAN MIGUEL vs TALK N TEXT (Game 5 Preview and Predictions)
Win or go home.
Championship experience or the “Never Say Die” Attitude?
In just a few hours, we’ll witness another historic crowd at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum as the powerhouse dynasty Talk N Text Tropang Texters takes on the people’s champion Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel tonight at 6:15 p.m.
Ginebra will surely get gritty tonight as they aim to play in the Finals after 2 years of absence, but Talk N Text will not let that happen as they will rely on their experience as a powerhouse for the last 3 years. What are the matchups that we should watch out for?
VERNON MACKLIN VS TONY MITCHELL
We all know what Macklin can bring to this Ginebra team. Energy. Hustle. Rebounds. Showtime. Defense. These 5 elements are the reason why Ginebra has beaten the Rain or Shine despite having the twice to beat disadvantage in the quarters. He has been consistent this semis. On the other hand, Tony Mitchell was impressive as an individual. His stat line was monstrous, but as we can see in Game 4, he has taken too many shots and had too many turnovers. We all know he’s much faster than Macklin and more of a scorer, but he has to trust his teammates and not go for some costly isolation plays.
LA TENORIO VS JASON CASTRO
The success of Ginebra depends on LA Tenorio, and how well he plays tonight against the defense of Pamboy Raymundo, Jimmy Alapag, and of course, Jason Castro. Jason Castro can easily score at will. Castro may have an off night, but you surely don’t to see him have an off game tonight, not in a game like this. His speed and quickness will surely be unstoppable. Tenorio has to play big tonight. He needs to be like Nate Robinson – smallest man on the court but surely has the biggest heart out there.
X-FACTOR: Kerby Raymundo and Larry Fonacier
Based on my own perspective, The Kid has horrible shot selections in Game 4. In Tagalog, “masyadong pilit yung mga tira nya“. In order for Ginebra to advance to the Finals, Kerby has to choose his shot selections. Fonacier was unproductive in Game 4, scoring only 4 points. Fonacier can shoot 3s and he always plays big against Ginebra, so they to guard him very well tonight.
The crowd will give Talk N Text a hard time tonight. Expect a mammoth crowd tonight. The energy of BGSM depends on the crowd tonight. TNT can’t match up with Ginebra if they don’t have a legit big man that can stop Macklin. And of course, who wouldn’t want to see Abueva against the people’s champ?