With the way crowd-darling Ginebra is playing in the PBA Governors Cup, GlobalPort veteran sniper Sunday Salvacion expects nothing short of a Finals appearance from his former team.
Salvacion, a late addition by the Batang Pier this conference, expressed his vote of confidence on the surging Gin Kings, who could earn the top seed in the playoffs with a win this Sunday against league-leader TNT in Binan, Laguna at the close of the eliminations.”
“Nakikita ko yung chance nila (Kings) na pumasok sa Finals,” the 13-year pro told FOX Sports.
Ginebra fans for sure remember Salvacion, having been part of the Kings’ last championship during the 2008 Fiesta Conference.
The 37-year-old former St. Benilde star said it is understandable for the Kings to struggle during the first two conferences since Cone was still instilling his system.
But these days, Ginebra has been running like a well-oiled machine, mainly because of its solid team defense, well-balanced scoring and an import in Justin Brownlee, who can bring damage to the opposition on both ends of the floor.
“Siyempre yung time ni coach Tim (Cone) na pumasok, bago lahat, bagong coach, bagong players, di pa sila nagjejell masyado. Pero ngayon nakikita ko maganda yung takbo ng team nila,” shared Ginebra’s 11th pick overall in the 2003 PBA Rookie Draft.
Salvacion said his playing days in the PBA are numbered, but hewas candid enough to admit how he misses the experience of playing or the league’s crowd darling.
“Nakakamiss, kasi seven years akong naglaro for Ginebra tapos nakaapat na championship pa,” he recalled.
Ginebra is currently on a roll, having won its last four games to register an 8-2 record, good for second spot in the standings.
Salvation believes Ginebra’s winning run is good for the team and the league in general due to the renewed fan interest.
“Yung ganyan karaming fans, nung time ko kahit pagod na ako, kapag nagsigawan yung mga fans, nawawala yung pagod, lalong tumataas yung adrenaline ko,” he said. – Jason Mercene
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