Kings beat Road Warriors without Selden and set up a semis match with Beermen
Barangay Ginebra Sets Up Thrilling Semifinal Match with San Miguel Beermen After Dominating NLEX Road Warriors
Neither Barangay Ginebra nor San Miguel Beer has met in a postseason matchup in quite some time.
This has been long awaited, and now it finally arrives.
The Gin Kings, who were not given the number one seed in the playoffs, easily advanced to the PBA Governors’ Cup Final Four on Sunday by defeating an NLEX team without Wayne Selden by a score of 127-93 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Without an injured Selden, the Road Warriors had no chance against Justin Brownlee and the rest of the Beermen, who pounded the opening to advance to a best-of-five semifinal.
Before that, the second-seeded Beermen also needed just one game to advance to the semifinals, as they blew out the Converge FiberXers (121-105).
This is the first time Ginebra and San Miguel have met in a postseason matchup since the Kings eliminated the Beermen from the 2019 Governors’ Cup quarterfinals.
Ginebra, the fourth seed at the time, eliminated San Miguel in one game, defeated NLEX in four rounds of a best-of-five semifinal, and then defeated Meralco by the same score to claim the championship.
Despite losing Japeth Aguilar and LA Tenorio for the rest of the season to injury, the Kings had no trouble reserving a spot in the semifinals of the season-ending tournament.
The sixth-seeded Road Warriors started contributing in the first quarter.
The Kings blew the Road Warriors out of the water with a 38-19 second quarter and held on to their lead for the rest of the game.
Ginebra led at the break 56-36 thanks to contributions from Brownlee (19 points, eight rebounds, five assists, four steals) and Jamie Malonzo (16 points, five rebounds, two steals, one assist).
And the pressure keeps piling on the Kings.
When asked how he felt about his team’s performance, Coach Tim Cone said he was pleased they could win despite facing an opponent without any foreign players on their roster.
Cone expressed his sympathy for Road Warriors head coach Frankie Lim and his team in the same breath.
What Cone experienced was “the worst luck one could get,” he said.
“Wayne’s presence undoubtedly would have altered the course of events. In other words, he’s hot, “added Cone.
Brownlee finished with 31 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists to lead the Kings, while Standhardinger and Malonzo finished with 20 points.
With 16 points, Sean Anthony led the way for the losing side.
The recent PBA game between Barangay Ginebra and NLEX Road Warriors was a clear victory for the Gin Kings, who secured their spot in the semifinals of the season-ending tournament. Despite the absence of Wayne Selden, the Kings dominated the game, particularly in the second quarter, and never looked back. The win sets up an exciting match between Barangay Ginebra and San Miguel Beer, who have yet to meet in a postseason matchup in quite some time. It is expected to be a thrilling match, and fans eagerly anticipate it.
The absence of foreign players on the Road Warriors’ roster was a factor that may have contributed to their defeat. However, Coach Tim Cone expressed his sympathy for the opposing team and acknowledged that Selden’s presence would have altered the course of events. Brownlee was the leading scorer for the Kings, finishing with 31 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists.
Overall, it was a solid performance from the Kings, who proved they are a strong team even without some key players. The upcoming matchup with San Miguel Beer promises to be a thrilling and closely contested, and basketball fans should not miss it. For those looking to add more excitement, our PBA betting guide can help you make informed wagers on the games.
Ginebra 127 – Brownlee 31, Standhardinger 20, Malonzo 20, Gray 15, Pessumal 12, Thompson 10, Mariano 10, Pringle 5, Pinto 4, Onwubere 0, R. Aguilar 0, David 0.
NLEX 93 – Anthony 16, Alas 15, Trollano 14, Ganuelas-Rosser 14, Rosales 11, Semerad 10, Miranda 7, Doliguez 4, Nieto 2, Pascual 0, Gabo 0.
Quarters: 18-17, 56-36, 93-62, 127-93.