MANILA, Philippines – In contrast to Blackwater, there is actually no assurance that the majority of individuals playing for Barangay Ginebra in the PBA On Tour will be kept for the league’s regular season.
The Bossing are anticipated to keep the majority of its players, with one spot set aside for whoever they select in the first round of the upcoming draft. They are mostly using the preseason tournament to get comfortable with the system that new coach Jeffrey Cariaso has established.
The Gin Kings, who did not receive a first-round selection in the draft on September 17 and are anticipated to stick with their tried-and-true core during the regular season, cannot be said to be in the same situation.
Richard Del Rosario, an assistant coach for Ginebra, made the same implication when he said that the main goal of the team’s “On Tour” stint is to provide its lesser-known players an opportunity to raise their profile among potential suitors.
When Blackwater and Ginebra collide at 5 p.m., we will get another idea of how much closer each team has come to its individual targets. on Wednesday at Pasig City’s Ynares Arena.
The Bossing have a 3 to 2 record and would want nothing more than a confidence-boosting victory after last week’s 102 to 97 victory over the Converge FiberXers.
While NorthPort lost 95 to 101 to Ginebra last Saturday, dropping the latter to 1 to 3 overall, Ginebra is looking to avenge that defeat.
Kim Aurin, Donald Gumaru, and Ralph Salcedo, among others, have had opportunities to showcase their talents because of Del Rosario. But those 3×3 guys frequently have to yield to players like Raymond Aguilar, Aljon Mariano, Jeremiah Gray, Nards Pinto, Von Pessumal, and even incoming sophomore Jayson David who are more seasoned and experienced.
Blackwater, on the other hand, has mostly chosen individuals like James Sena, Yousef Taha, Rashawn McCarthy, Baser Amer, Ato Ular, Rey Suerte, and Gab Banal while giving relatively recent additions Mike Digregorio, RK Ilagan, and Tyrus Hill plenty of time to integrate.
Troy Rosario and JVee Casio, two other veterans, frequently get the opportunity to take a break and fully recover from their respective wounds.