Sunday, May 12, 2013

PBA Commish Cup Finals: Alaska vs Ginebra

Author's note: Before we get to the PBA Finals preview, let's just make one thing clear: we are bloggers. We aren't paid to do this, so it doesn't matter if we end up being wrong with our "Fearless Forecasts." We're basing our predictions on who we feel and think will win based on what we've seen during games. You can call out all the sports commentators that you idolise, and they'll hand you a politically correct "50-50." This blog is all for fun, we'd love to hear from you so share away. We don't mind you calling us "haters" or what not, as long as it's all in good, Pinoy basketball fun. Okay? 

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PG JVee Casio/RJ Jazul vs LA Tenorio
Thoss vs Tenorio
The two guys who were indirectly traded for one another will finally get to square off on the biggest stage of them all. On one hand you have the heir apparent to the PBA point guard throne, the other you have a guy who jumped from being one of the elite scorers in the amateurs to crashing the party of the would be "next in line" floor generals. If Casio approaches this series with his guns holstered, it's going to get ugly fast. Tenorio is the better defender and craftier scorer who will get the calls. If Casio isn't on the floor for the Aces, they'll have a lot of trouble getting into their sets (a.k.a. Calvin Abueva will run amock which could either be good or bad). Our advice to Jazul? Keep shooting and keep Tenorio on his toes. Tire the sumb*tch out.
Adv. Ginebra

SG Cyrus Baguio/ Dondon Hontiveros vs Josh Urbiztondo/ Jayjay Helterbrand
This PBA Finals is Baguio's to take. Urbiztondo is a great streak shooter, but he can't and won't wiggle free from the fast-handed Baguio. Helterbrand will have his sneaky pull-ups here and there, but Hontiveros will burn him on the other end just the same. We're tempted to conclude that both will just cancel each other out, but the Aces' guards have the advantage when it comes to making and forcing stops. Of course, this match-up tilts in favor of Ginebra if Mark Caguioa is back to 100% and plays like he was doing in the Philippine Cup and early Commissioner's Cup.
Adv. Alaska

SF Calvin Abueva/ Tony de la Cruz vs Chris Ellis/ Mac Baracael
Pusangina away to. Baracael will not back down from Abueva. On the contrary, the man relishes the assignment. We saw it earlier this conference when the two were matched-up. Baracael was drilling shots right on Abueva's grill and letting him know about it (for our peers, think UAAP-era Wesley Gonzales vs Mac Mac Cardona). But The Beast is The Beast. And if he could score on Marc Pingris, then he can score against ANYONE. We're quite anxious to see if Rudy Hatfield will see some time versus the fiery rookie, but Abueva's speed could be the difference maker when the two hard working mofos go head-to-head. Chris Ellis is good, but he's not as tenacious for the basketball as Abueva. Only way to stop Abueva really is for Baracael and Ellis to attack his defense and hope he gets called for tacky fouls.
Adv. Alaska

PF Sonny Thoss/ Gabby Espinas vs Kerby Raymundo
Raymundo has been enjoying a series of vintage performances this whole conference. Now we'll put that to the test with Thoss sure to bang the pride of Bataan around in the paint. It's going to get ugly. It's going to get brutal. Denzel Bowles couldn't keep Thoss out of the paint from putting in soft left handed hook shots. What more a thinner Raymundo who stands an inch shorter? Espinas and Raymundo will battle to a draw, hell, we give the advantage to Raymundo on that one. But Thoss will be the difference maker in this series. How Ginebra adjusts to his size and strength in the paint will be big. Do they put in Billy Mamaril? He'll slow Thoss down, but Ginebra will sacrifice their weak side post offense in the process.
Adv. Alaska

C Rob Dozier, Jr. vs Vernon Macklin
We were ready to throw in the towel and declare that this series will be decided just by how effective and monstrous Macklin will be in the paint. But that was before Talk 'n' Text managed to slow the 7"0 demon down with guys like 6"3 Ali Peek and Jonn Ferriols. That was an eye opener. Macklin had trouble backing down solid, planted low post bangers (the difference between a Dwight Howard and Zach Randolph, true basketball fans know this). Luckily, the Aces have a guy in Thoss who could easily switch to contain Macklin. Then there's 6"6 Espinas, followed by the considerably bigger (comes with age) Nic Belasco. And, if need be, there's always 6"9 Samigue Eman who has more muscles than playing time to throw at Macklin before the defensive-minded Dozier is sent to stop Ginebra's slamma jamma of an import.
Adv. Alaska

The Texters could've won the 5th and deciding game in their series versus Ginebra had Ranidel de Ocampo suited up. The offense wouldn't have been as predictable, and the pressure wouldn't have been too big on their guards. Well, that's the problem with TNT. They only have one legit post-up threat that Ginebra could handle.

The Aces? They have Thoss. And though Abueva is running (and flopping) around all over the court and knocking down killer threes, he does most of his damage inside the paint. So does Baguio. And Espinas. The Aces have a bunch of guys who do one of two things very well: attack the rim, shoot from deep. For Ginebra to stand a chance, they'll need Macklin and Raymundo to put on their best efforts to keep the Aces' bigs busy. Tenorio has to work overtime and cancel out Casio AND Jazul. In truth, all the Aces have to do is stick to their system and run their sets. They have the advantage in manpower (with Caguioa out or if he ever suits up, will still not be at 100%) and energy. Ginebra will get theirs from the crowd. We'd love to give the advantage to Ginebra if they manage to get off to a hot start, but the Aces have shown great, nay, tremendous strength when it comes to their "second wind/push" in the late quarters.

You know what we really love about this series?

No one's going to be bitching about Abueva flopping (how dare you Ginebra fans having been spoiled by all the calls given to former player and the GOD OF FLOP Ronald Tubid? Lol). No one's going to whine about the physicality (Robert Jaworski, Sr. INVENTED physicality). It's just going to be a good, old fashioned, Pinoy basketball Best of Five Finals for the PBA Commissioner's Cup championship.

Alaska in 4/5 (though we don't mind if Ginebra wins it altogether).


  1. NICE!!! galing galing.. gantong ganto ung mga naiisip kong tapatan.. :) KUDOS.. #GATASREPUBLIK

  2. kulang sa man power ang ginebra to match up against alaska. kelangan pa ng back up ni tenorio.. and they have to figure out how to stop THE BEAST.. A punch in the face? Anyway, siguradong magiging pukpukan to. kung gaano ka intense ang san mig at alaska series, mas matindi pa ang mangyayari against ginebra... sana umabot ng game 5 para sulit ang bayad at panunuod sa bahay! go ACES!!!

  3. The Finals will be as close as the Best Import race had V-Mac started the conference.. very hard to tell who will win it all. Really great match-up.

  4. naka-survive ang Alaska sa tawagan against Sanmig...sana dito rin!kasi kahit leeg na hilahin T1 lang eh for BGSM. btw kita nyo ba adjustment ng PBA? ndi na nila masyado pinapakita ang replay kung halatang mali ang tawag. para wala ebidensya?LOL

  5. Ginebra found a way to beat ROS and TNT ( teams that are in the finals last conf ) theyll find a way to try and beat alaska... Dehado pero kakayanin yan.
    Its funny... youve been saying that ginebra is not an underdog team anymore because of the big name players they have pero lahat ng post mo this playoffs dehado sila... Im not bashing or hating just want to point that one out. Im a fan of this blog.

    1. Anytime you have TWO perennial MVP contenders, plus arguably the best pg in all of Philippine basketball, it's tough to call your team an underdog. Iba ung underdog sa walang chemistry (nung una) in our book. :)

  6. With the match ups and bench, ADV lahat ng ALA. GIN's ADV is HEART.The HUNGRIER team will win the series. I'm not a GIN fan but I'll go for them-- Underdog. Besides, they won't back down on ALA's physicality. This would be an exciting and intense finals.

  7. Nice Analysis. This Series would be an Epic One. Laban Ginebra. :-)

  8. Magandang laban to sa Officiating nlng to mgkakatalo....sana d ma SanMig na tawagan alamNa

  9. Natapos na ang underdog days ng Ginebra noong pumasok sa team sina 'Fast and Furious' at nawala na si Bal David ang huling disipulo ni Jawo sa koponan ninyo.

    May DST factor din sa series na ito.


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