Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone acknowledges that his squad faces a formidable task taking http://www.footballravensofficialauthentic.com/Ronnie_Stanley_Jersey on 3-time defending champion San Miguel Beer in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.
Although Ginebra beat the Beermen in their last playoff encounter in the 2017 Governors' Cup — a 1-game quarterfinal — Cone said battling San Miguel in a tournament without American reinforcements presents a trickier situation.
The teams open their best-of-7 series at Araneta Coliseum 7 p.m. on Friday.
"We knocked them out as we had Justin (Brownlee). We don't have Justin now. We're a different team without Justin and they're a different team in all-Filipino,” Cone Boone Jenner Jersey said in an article posted on the PBA website.
“They're better in all-Filipino than with imports. There's the difference." Ginebra knows what to expect of San Miguel, which features the dependable core of Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, Chris Jimmie Foxx Youth jersey Ross, Arwind Santos and reigning league MVP June Mar Fajardo.
In that stretch, Japeth Aguilar, Scottie Thompson and Sol Mercado were instrumental for Cone.Even with its current roster of healthy players performing optimally, Cone knows it'll be an uphill battle against San Miguel without Slaughter.