With both teams unable to win two straight games, Ginebra and San Mig Coffee collide at 8 p.m. tonight in a winner-take-all Game 7 of the 39th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.
The winner of the deciding Game 7 will face Rain or Shine in the best-of-seven titular series starting on Friday also at the Big Dome.
The Ginebra Kings were saved by Mark Caguioa and Greg Slaughter’s charity shots in the dying seconds of the match to post a 94-91 win in Game 6 forcing a sudden death match.
San Mig, the reigning Governor’s cup champion, won Game 1 (85-83), Game 3 (97-89) and Game 5 (79-76), while Ginebra took Game 2 (93-64), Game 4 (85-82) and Game 6 (94-91).
“After Game 6, we have found the formula. We need to pressure, we need to be aggressive and we have to give it all. They don’t need to save energy because whoever gets tired will be replaced immediately. We need to trust each other; teamwork is my strong reminder to be able to beat San Mig. We need to reduce turnovers and protect the ball,” said Ginebra’s coach Ato Agustin.
San Mig Coffee, which is aiming for its 25th appearance in the finals and its 11th championship crown since joining the league in 1988, is expected to fortify its defense against Ginebra.
“They can not get it from us. We just lost focus on our defense in the crucial stretch. We will get back in Game 7,” said Marc Pingres, who posted a conference career-high 20 points, six rebounds and five assists on Monday.