Yeng Guiao admits Ginebra is now a more ‘dangerous opponent’

Yeng Guiao said Barangay Ginebra’s team stats in the ongoing PBA Governors Cup is enough to convince him that the league’s most popular ball club is on the rise under multi-titled coach Tim Cone.

The outspoken Rain or Shine mentor noted that Ginebra’s over 20 assists per game average is a tribute to the Gin Kings’ unselfish attitude this conference.

Guiao added that Cone seemed to have slowly veered away from his tried and tested triangle offense as Ginebra started running a lot at every given opportunity.

“Overall, they (Gin Kings) have improved. They no longer slow down deliberately like most other teams in he PBA pero naging running team na sila. Hidi na sila triangle offense,” Guiao told FOX Sports, whose team faces Ginebra on Sunday’s main game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Game time is 6:30 p.m. after the PBA’s special tribute called “Final Buzzer” for the late legendary basketball coach Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan.

“Meron na lang glimpses of the triangle. It’s not that they come down and run the triangle like their style before because they have adapted and adjusted.  So it’s a different team now from last year and last conference,” he added.

Guiao isn’t even thinking about Rain or Shine’s two-game sweep of Ginebra in their quarterfinal series in the Commissioner’s Cup, stressing that the Cone-mentored squad has also matured into solid defensive unit.

“They hold their opponents to 93 points and 40 percent shooting. So they were able to disrupt a lot of offense, and that’s what we particularly prepared for in our practice,” noted Guiao.

Five Ginebra players averaged over 3 assists per contests led by import Justin Brownlee, who norms 4.8 feeds, while veteran playmaker LA Tenorio had 4.17 assists.

Guiao also took special note of the 28-year-old Brownlee because of his ability to post-up, score from mid-range and facilitate the team’s offense.

“He’s (Brownlee) a face-up big man. And he would rather face up rather than post up, but he can post up if he wnats to,” shared the 57-year-old Rain or Shine mentor, who steered his team to the Commissioner’s Cup title last May.

“Because of that flexibility in his game, he can create lots of situations and kaya rin nai-involve si Japeth Aguilar and Scottie Thompson,” he added. – Richard Dy

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