Thursday, September 20, 2018
Close  
  • share this

Ginebra in tight spot, but Helterbrand says ‘it’s not over’

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 01:09 AM February 12, 2017
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Jayjay Helterbrand didn’t look like he came out of the losing locker room at Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday night.

Helterbrand still managed to break a smile and chuckle during an interview with reporters but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t care any less after Barangay Ginebra dropped Game 2 of its semifinals showdown with Star.

ADVERTISEMENT

Playing in his 16th season, Helterbrand had seen it all and 0-2 in a best-of-seven series is not the end for his Gin Kings.

READ: Ginebra sorely missing ‘glue guy’ Devance

“We always do it the hard way. We’ve been doing it the hard way the whole conference. It’s not over. We’re down two games, but it takes 4 to win,” Helterbrand said after Ginebra lost, 91-89. “We’re not gonna give up, just keep trying. It’s been a close game. It’s not like they’ve been dominating the series. We could have won Game 1 or Game 2.”

“It just turns out, a couple of rebounds away, a couple of missed layups away from winning. It’s not over. Just gotta keep our heads up, keep trying. That’s all,” he added.

Ginebra has lost the first two games of the series by a combined six points. The Gin Kings yielded the opener, 78-74.

READ: Tenorio says Ginebra played without sense of urgency

Though the 40-year-old Helterbrand isn’t showing any signs of panic,  he stressed Ginebra has to have a sense of urgency ahead of Game 3 on Monday.

“There’s gotta be. You’re down two games, you should have had that sense of urgency since Game 1. That’s just the mentality that you gotta have. This is the playoffs,” he said.

“You can’t go out there relaxed thinking there’s a Game 3 or Game 4 or whatever. Every game is a do-or-die game. That’s the kind of mentality you gotta have. Hopefully the next couple of games we can show that.”

ADVERTISEMENT

READ: Hotshots slip past Gin Kings for 2-0 lead

Ginebra’s other guard Sol Mercado echoed Helterbrand sentiments. He also shares his teammate’s confidence despite the odds being stacked against the Gin Kings.

“When you’re down 0-2, you can’t get go down 0-3, so it’s definitely a must win next game. But we’re still confident,” Mercado said.

“We haven’t played our best game and we’re still just one possession, stop away from winning the game, so we continue to believe that we can do this, and take it for next game.”

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Game, Game 3, Gin Kings, READ
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
newsinfo

Don’t join rallies, PNP tells students

September 21, 2018 05:42 AM

sports

Make some noise

September 21, 2018 05:40 AM

newsinfo

Museum to remind Filipinos of dictatorship

September 21, 2018 05:40 AM

newsinfo

Senators find funding for college students

September 21, 2018 05:38 AM

newsinfo

Benguet families may end up in ‘tent city’

September 21, 2018 05:36 AM

newsinfo

Don’t join rallies, PNP tells students

September 21, 2018

newsinfo

Senators find funding for college students

September 21, 2018

sports

Make some noise

September 21, 2018



© Copyright 1997-2018 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.