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Barangay Ginebra Faces Formidable San Miguel Challenge in PBA Semifinals Showdown

In anticipation of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals, Barangay Ginebra’s coach, Tim Cone, realizes the daunting challenge they face when they play San Miguel, admitting that defeating the Beermen would be challenging. Although Ginebra has had recent postseason success versus San Miguel, winning their past three playoff series, the coach underlines the changing nature of the match.

Cone downplays the significance of their most recent confrontation, a whitewash in the 2022-23 Governors’ Cup semifinals, citing the lengthy interval between their last meeting with San Miguel owing to external events such as the World Cup. The forthcoming best-of-five semifinal series, which begins Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, promises heated action, with Ginebra looking to extend its postseason dominance over the Beermen.

Despite Ginebra’s Governors’ Cup triumph, Cone recognizes San Miguel’s challenge, particularly with the Beermen’s recent signing of players such as Don Trollano and Jeron Teng. These signings have strengthened San Miguel’s roster, adding depth and versatility while allowing crucial players such as Marcio Lassiter to return to their natural positions.

Cone emphasizes the importance of San Miguel becoming well at the proper moment as June Mar Fajardo returns from injury. Given their depth, better roster, and returning players, the coach feels San Miguel is the best of the four teams in the playoffs.

Cone characterizes the Ginebra-San Miguel rivalry as a conflict between siblings striving for higher-level recognition. Despite pleasant connections off the court, he notes that the rivalry is ferocious and far from friendly once the game begins.

As the semifinal series progresses, Tim Cone anticipates a fierce and highly competitive struggle inspired by the two teams’ history and hate. The arrival of Trollano and Teng and the return of essential players establish San Miguel as a formidable and “full-strength” opponent, making them the side to defeat in the Final Four.


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