EbeneNews – AU – Caperal’s Hot Hand Keeps Barangay Ginebra Undefeated

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    Prince Caperal scored a top 24 9-for-14 points to push Ginebra past Blackwater (4:58)

    While most PBA players took a step back from basketball during the pandemic, Barangay Ginebra’s Prince Caperal was working hard and couldn’t really escape the grind even if he wanted to

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    « He was unfortunate enough to live in the same building with coach Kirk (Collier, the team’s skills coach), » coach Tim Cone said Thursday. « It was really a shame because Coach Kirk made him work every day during the Poor Man pandemic

    « It was like everyday, » Come on, Prince, let’s go to work! « Really, really hard on him, but it made him better, and he has a better body, he’s stronger »

    Training results showed in the Gin Kings’ 103-99 win over Blackwater in the 2020 Philippine Cup on Thursday at Angeles University Foundation Gym in Pampanga

    Caperal, who scored just 41 points all last season, was instrumental in keeping Ginebra’s offense afloat, scoring 24 points on a 9-for-14 shot to lead all scorers He also threw a nice long-range shot, doing 5 of 7 to three, and added six rebounds and three assists in a career night against the elite.

    « We know Prince can score, and if you don’t hit him he’s going to knock down punches We know from practice every day This part of the game doesn’t surprise us at all, it’s just a question opportunity for him, ”said Cone

    « Remember he was supporting Greg (Slaughter) and Japeth (Aguilar) He’s a trade center, he’s not normally a power striker, so he was playing behind two crosses so he wasn’t didn’t have much time Now that Greg is not there, he has the opportunity to show what he can do, ”he added.

    But Ginebra still needed to make amends for an uneven defense to start the second half so that Caperal’s big night was not lost

    After allowing the Elite to shoot 39 points in the third quarter, the Gin Kings locked themselves in and regained control in the final period to improve to 2-0 in the standings, tying the rest of the league leaders. TNT and Phoenix in the lead

    Ginebra led by 14 early in the third but fell four late in the quarter as Blackwater, who made 619 percent of his shots and made 5 on 9 threes after hitting just 6 of 23 in the first half. time, patiently chipped behind the exploits of Don Trollano and Mac Belo

    A Caperal three turn to beat the buzzer pulled the Gin Kings to one point to end the period and gave them enough momentum to start the fourth, when Ginebra rolled out a 7-1 run to wrest the final. head

    But Ginebra, who built himself a 10-point lead in the dying minutes, had to endure some tense moments again in the final minute before coming away with the win, requiring a free kick from Jared Dillinger in the 8 latest8 seconds to finish it and put the game out of reach of the elite

    « I’m really impressed with the way they interpreted the defense, and they reacted really well, made the right passes We scrambled most of the night, » Cone said of Blackwater

    Stanley Pringle added 17 points, Thompson scored 14-7-7, while Jeff Chan and Japeth Aguilar added 12 and 11 each

    Cone said Ginebra has yet to find his rhythm in the matches ahead, but appreciated the effort his protections put in against a tough Blackwater side who envisioned another solid game after winning their match. opening of the season last Monday

    « We still think we have room to grow and improve And our team is all about the habits, and we just don’t have the habits after a six month layoff, but still a times I think these things will come Better to be 2-0 than 1-1 at this point, « he said

    « We didn’t play a clean game at all today but then again I just thought we had a fight And we showed character And that’s what we want to represent to ourselves. would like to think that we are not here to play pretty and make great games, we are here to win basketball games and i love that our players are taking it away, and we can play a game that is not there ‘s not pretty, and still winning And generally, teams that can do it have a chance of winning championships, and that’s what we’re aiming for « 

    Blackwater, now at a card even 1-1, drew his attack from Don Trollano, who scored 23 points and 10 tables, and Belo (16 and seven) in loss

    Barangay Ginebra (103) – Caperal 24, Pringle 17, Thompson 14, Chan 12, Aguilar 11, Dillinger 9, Mariano 8, Tolentino 5, Devance 3, Tenorio 0

    Blackwater (99) – Trollano 23, Belo 16, Sumang 14, Daquioag 11, Tolomia 7, Desiderio 7, Golla 6, Canaleta 5, Magat 5, Dennison 5, Escoto 0, Salem 0

    Aguilar (11 points, shot 4 in 12 in 21 minutes) and LA Tenorio (scoreless in seven minutes) are still far from top Cone said of Tenorio: « He’s so much a part of what we do and he just needs to keep [focus on] conditioning until he can come back and be good to go.

    Jared Dillinger, who has struggled with injury illness the past few seasons, has been productive against Blackwater and tallied nine of two threes to go with three boards and two assists in 18 minutes on the bench “Jared seems to be in a really good place, physically The only thing he’s struggling right now is the little complexities we have on the defensive end – how to defend a ball screen our way, and how to change it in the middle. play, things like that that he doesn’t usually do But he brings so much energy and leadership that he’s simply invaluable, ”said Cone

    Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, Prince Caperal, Philippine Basketball Association, Blackwater Elite, PBA Philippine Cup, Tim Cone

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    SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com

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