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Gin Kings eye bounce back win vs Bolts

BARANGAY Ginebra looks to redeem itself from an embarrassing conference debut when it goes up against the Meralco Bolts in the 2022 PBA Commissioner's Cup's main Sunday offering at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee goes up for a layup as Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga looks on during the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. PBA PHOTO

Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee goes up for a layup as Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga looks on during the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. PBA PHOTO

Game time is at 6:45 p.m.

The Kings started the mid-season conference on the wrong foot after getting a 22-point drubbing from the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters last Wednesday.

Tim Cone's charges shot just 33 percent from the floor overall while their porous defense enabled the Elasto Painters to make 17 three-pointers that all but contributed to the Kings' losing start in the conference.

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Still, being just the first game of the tournament, Ginebra fans can expect a strong bounce back game from the league's most popular team. And an extra motivation is facing Meralco, the same squad that showed Ginebra the exit door following the Bolts' 2-1 quarterfinal series win in the 2022 Philippine Cup.

The Kings have always had the Bolts' numbers in the import-laden conference, going 4-0 against their main nemesis in their last four Finals face-offs in the Governors' Cup.

But Meralco looks to turn things around this time, with the extra motivation to beat a Ginebra side that is still licking its wound from that good, old-fashioned spanking from Rain or Shine.

The Bolts though are also coming off a loss, bowing to the NorthPort Batang Pier, 102-95, in overtime after failing to stop Robert Bolick, who peppered them with a PBA career-high 44 points.

NBA veteran Johnny O'Bryant debuted with 30 points and 20 rebounds, and will again lead Meralco's charge against Ginebra, which has two-time PBA Best Import Justin Brownlee to lead the way.

Meantime, Rain or Shine (1-1) shoots for a second straight win when it goes up against winless Terrafirma (0-2) in the 4:30 p.m. encounter.

The Elasto Painters are one of the youngest squads in the league today, but returning ROS coach Yeng Guiao is confident that his wards are picking up his system very well at this juncture.

“I'm feeling good about our team because we've been practicing barely three weeks together,” said Guiao.

“We think we can go deep in the playoffs and this win [against Ginebra] gives us the confidence to do that and gives us the motivation to work hard in practice.”

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