With his Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters out of the running for the first in six PBA championship duels, Chot Reyes gave his predictions for the upcoming Governors’ Cup title series between Rain or Shine and the winner of B-MEG versus Ginebra on Friday.
“If B-MEG makes it to the finals, then they’re favored to win over Rain or Shine. If Ginebra makes it, then Rain or Shine has the edge over the Gin Kings,” Reyes said on Wednesday, hours after the Tropang Texters were knocked out by Ginebra.
Reyes’ analysis was based on bench depth, an advantage B-MEG enjoys over the other two teams.
“Ginebra has a deep lineup as well, pero mas balansyado yung depth ng B-MEG,” he said.
Rain or Shine, according to Reyes, is unpredictable and its hunger could also play a major role in the finals.
Curiously, two of the five losses B-MEG this conference came at the hands of Rain or Shine, which dealt the Llamados a 92-82 beating on Wednesday. That win booked the first finals berth in franchise history for the Elasto Painters, and relegated B-MEG to a knockout match against Ginebra.
B-MEG, on the other hand, has defeated Ginebra in both their meetings this conference. The Llamados were able to shackle Ginebra superstar guard Mark Caguioa each time, limiting him below double-digit scoring in both games. Caguioa scored only eight points in the first game on May 27 and had his worst outing this conference in their semifinals encounter last Sunday, scoring just three points on 0-of-12 shooting from the field.
Ginebra and Rain or Shine, meanwhile, split their two matches this conference.
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