When Barangay Ginebra plays Rain or Shine at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday, it will finally make its 2022 PBA Commissioner’s Cup debut.
At 5:45 p.m., the Gin Kings finally take the stage. When their anticipated Sunday kickoff was postponed due to super typhoon Karding, Rain or Shine.
In addition to Justin Brownlee’s return, fans are eagerly awaiting Jamie Malonzo and Von Pessumal’s debut for Ginebra after they were acquired in a deal last week.
Tim Cone, the head coach of the Kings, is excited about the present and the future of the team having Malonzo around after acquiring him in a deal with NorthPort. Malonzo will add his athleticism to the Ginebra side.
“What is there not to like? Malonzo is a player we can rely on over the coming years”, according to Cone.
Pessumal, who spent the majority of his time with San Miguel on the bench, has also been promised additional opportunities with Ginebra by Cone.
In Yeng Guiao’s first game back in charge of the Elasto Painters, Yeng Guiao’s Rain or Shine squad lost to NLEX by a score of 96-90.
In addition, Magnolia Chicken Timplados will make its conference debut on Wednesday at 3 p.m. versus Terrafirma.
Nick Rakocevic, a graduate of the University of Southern California, will represent Serbia in the Hotshots’ opening conference match.
Rakocevic might not be as well-known as the other imports, but head coach Chito Victolero praised him for being a player who perfectly complemented the Hotshots’ defensive-focused approach.
After Dyip import Lester Prosper went off for 43 points and 25 rebounds in Magnolia’s game against Terrafirma, defense will unquestionably be of the utmost importance.
Despite their efforts, Prosper lost to Converge 124–110, becoming Dyip’s 17th straight loss.