In a do-or-die situation, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel turned to its Living Legend to provide the inspiration.
Former playing-coach Robert Jaworski visited the Gin Kings locker room at halftime of their Game Six showdown with the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers in the PLDT Home DSL Philippine Cup semifinals.
And just like he’s done a million times in the past, Jaworski gave a pep talk that turned Ginebra’s game around.
“It’s just like a boxer who’s like this,” Jaworski told the players while cocking his fist, noting the predictability of their game. “I know when you’re going to hit me.”
Jaworski encouraged the Gin Kings, who were down 50-41 at the half, to keep speaking to each other.
“Just communicate especially on defense. You can do it,” he said.
He also told the players to stay together amid any lapses they may commit.
“I know there are some shortcomings here and there. But this is not the time to resolve that. Resolve that tomorrow in practice for your game for the opportunity to win the championship,” said Jaworski.
“I know it. I can feel it. I’m a player and I’m a coach. Throw that away. I can feel it. But do your job and you’ll be fine. Once again, enjoy the game and give the public what they deserve.”
Ginebra responded, rallying in the second half to pull out a 94-91 win to force Game Seven on Wednesday.
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