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Another frustrating night unfolded for Tim Cone and the whole Ginebra nation as the crowd favorite gets another loss against their long time rival Star Hotshots.
Ginebra continues their struggle in containing Star Hotshots' offensive approach as Japeth Aguilar and LA Tenorio still find it hard to convert shots and could be considered as the missing pieces in this Ginebra campaign.
Paul Lee, the hero of game 1 continued his mission in taking over the offensive attack for the Hotshots as he knocks down key shots during the pay off period inclusing a fastbreak point that gave them a 4 point lead during the dying seconds of the last quarter.
Fatigue is one of the most noticable factors that keeps Ginebra from executing their defense. The squad who dominates the rebounding department throughout the conference are now struggling to get boards because of the Hotshots' excellent gang rebounding style.
With Joe Devance out in the rotation, Cone has no choice but to extend the playing time of his big men that consumes most of the players stamina.
Star Hotshots is in the lead with 2 wins away from getting their finals appearance after a while. Game 3 will be on monday at MOA Arena as Ginebra tries to come back from this series deficit.
STAR 91 - Lee 17, Maliksi 14, Melton 11, Pingris 10, Jalalon 9, Reavis 9, Barroca 8, Sangalang 6, Ramos 5, Dela Rosa 2, Simon 0, Brondial 0.
GINEBRA 89 - Ferrer 25, Thompson 17, Aguilar 16, Tenorio 8, Mariano 7, Mercado 6, Cruz 2, Caguioa 2, Ellis 2, Taha 2, Helterbrand 2, Marcelo 0, Jamito 0.
Quarterscores: 27-23, 50-45, 72-69, 91-89.