Ginebra vs Bay Area Game 2 – PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals 2022
Barangay Ginebra looks to build on its resounding Game 1 win as it takes a 2-0 lead against Bay Area in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals
Bay Area dismantles Ginebra, levels title streak
Bay Area held off Ginebra’s second-half comeback attempt as the Dragons hacked out a 99-82 win in Game 2 to tie the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals at 1-1 on Wednesday, December 28 at the packed Araneta Coliseum.
The Gin Kings made a run in the second half after trailing by double digits most of the way, but couldn’t get any closer than 5 points, 68-63, in the final quarter.
Andrew Nicholson posted a double-double of 30 points and 15 rebounds, while Zhu Songwei collected 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the Dragons.
Justin Brownlee paced Ginebra with 32 points and 11 boards.
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The first blood has been taken.
Barangay Ginebra looks to build on its resounding Game 1 win as it takes a 2-0 lead against Bay Area in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, December 28.
Defense will make or break teams in Game 2 after the Gin Kings limited Andrew Nicholson and the Dragons to their conference-lowest in scoring in a 96-81 victory in the best-of-seven showdown opener.
Prior to the finals, Bay Area had averaged a league-leading 110.4 points and had never scored lower than 89 points in a game, even breaking the 120-point plateau in five games.
Meanwhile, Nicholson scored at least 30 points over his last eight games, an amazing stretch that came after recording his previous conference-low of 27 points in his PBA debut, which also ended in a loss to Ginebra.
– We have to play better than we did. It’s a streak and the ball is coming over to our court,” Dragons head coach Brian Goorjian said.
– They dominated us. They dominated us in [elimination round]so the adjustment comes to us,” Goorjian added. “We were pretty manhandled, so the ball is in our court to make some adjustments.”
While Goorjian tries to get better looks for Nicholson and the rest of the Bay Area on the offensive end, he is also charged with the task of containing Gin Kings imports Justin Brownlee and LA Tenorio.
Tenorio ran hard over the Dragons defense in Game 1 en route to a conference-high 22 points before Brownlee took over in the fourth quarter, finishing with a game-high 28 points on top of 13 rebounds and 6 assists.
Christian Standhardinger also chipped in with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals as he pulled double duty by making life difficult for Nicholson.
“We have to get things done. They’re deep, they’re athletic, they’re long,” Goorjian said.
Game time is 17:45.