Ginebra’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup Journey: Fusing New Talent into Familiar Territory


Barangay Ginebra’s campaign in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup has been a mix of promise and challenges. With a near-perfect run shadowed by key absences, coach Tim Cone sees the potential for greatness in his team’s evolution, especially with new acquisitions like Maverick Ahanmisi and stand-in import Tony Bishop Jr.

Coach Cone acknowledges the adjustments needed, with two fresh faces stepping into the starting lineup. Despite the team’s 3-1 record and triumphant escapes, including a nail-biting 90-87 victory against Blackwater, the Kings recognize the necessity for seamless integration.

Ahanmisi and Bishop Jr., though relatively new to the team’s dynamics, have been pivotal in securing wins against formidable opponents like Magnolia, Rain or Shine, and Blackwater. Their impact, even without a complete grasp of Ginebra’s game style, has been commendable, impressing Cone with their contributions during intense match-ups.

However, Ginebra’s recent games have also revealed vulnerabilities. Despite rallying from a 17-point deficit against Blackwater, they faced challenges with turnovers that their opponents capitalized on, raising concerns about ball possession and conversion rates.

Scottie Thompson, a cornerstone for Ginebra, echoes Cone’s sentiments, emphasizing the team’s collective effort to strive for victories. While acknowledging areas for improvement, Thompson highlights the team’s dedication in training sessions. This commitment becomes crucial, especially with Jamie Malonzo’s sporadic absence due to health concerns and uncertainty surrounding Miah Gray’s return.

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Looking ahead, Cone remains optimistic that as Ahanmisi and Bishop Jr. become more attuned to Ginebra’s gameplay, the team will become more cohesive. The return of key players like LA and the continuous hard work in practices aim to fortify Ginebra’s position in the Commissioner’s Cup, providing them with a safety net as the tournament progresses.

As Ginebra navigates through this season’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the integration of fresh talent into their roster becomes pivotal. With an eye on their performance and adaptation, the Kings aim to blend new vigor with their established style to carve their path to PBA glory.


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