Ginebra lost to San Miguel by 1 point last night. It all came down to the last play. Willie Miller managed to escape from Arwind Santos on his way to the basket. But the long arms of the San Miguel star somehow managed to block Miller's lay-up.
While the loss is truly heartbreaking, I definitely see facets of Ginebra's game that make me think that the team will make it all the way to the finals. First, Ginebra passed the ball around to spot the open man. A lot of Ginebra players made a lot of shots underneath the basket because of superior passing. Second, Ginebra had enough character to come from 14 points down to nearly steal the game away. Last night's game was different from its past six games in the fact that Ginebra was not at any point in the game leading by a big margin. In fact, it was Ginebra that was often trailing. But it had enough character to rally from 14 points down and keep the game within reach. Lastly, every Ginebra player contributed to the cause. Despite its great height disadvantage, Ginebra played with great teamwork to offset its lack of ceiling.
With these, I truly think that Ginebra will reach the finals and stand a pretty good chance of winning the championship. I will be surprised if Ginebra does not end up with a trophy this current conference.