Crowd-favorites Barangay Ginebra will be taking on the NLEX Road Warriors in the opening game of the restart of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup on October 11, 2020 at the Angeles University Foundation Gym in Pampanga.
The PBA will be releasing the full schedule of the compressed, two-month All Filipino tournament on Wednesday, October 7, but reports have mentioned that the Gin Kings will be facing off against the Road Warriors in the first piece of PBA action since the league suspended all of its games back in March because of the global health crisis.
The game will be the Kings’ first one since it hoisted the Governors’ Cup crown back in January.
Finals MVP Japeth Aguilar and court general LA Tenorio though, have still not joined the team at the PBA “bubble” inside the Clark Freezone. Tenorio has also admitted that he is far from being in game shape after undergoing laparoscopic surgery last Friday.
NLEX’s fiery head coach Yeng Guiao said this tournament is a great chance to break the championship stranglehold San Miguel and Ginebra have had on the league.
“All the teams here are trying to break the stranglehold of San Miguel and Ginebra. They've just kept on winning the championships. They alternated between the two of them,” Guiao was quoted as saying on the league’s official website.
Guiao, though, added that the concept the league is using is a foreign one so it’s difficult to say how the teams will react to it.
“There's a lot of intangibles, lots of unknowns. It's really difficult. It's hard to say in this unique situation which nobody has experienced before,” he added.
Guiao claimed that perhaps the team that’s able to adjust to the situation the best, just might be able to come out on top once the league concludes in December.
“The resilience to the situation, being able to make use of the environment. If you look at it as a challenge and not as an obstacle, maybe that's going to help,” said Guiao. (JNP)