Barangay Ginebra San Miguel win first PBA title in 8 years
Barangay Ginebra is 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup champs
Minutes ago, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings won their first PBA title in 8 years, thanks to a three-point buzzer beater courtesy of their import Justin Brownlee. The Gin Kings ended their 8-year title drought, which started in 2008, with a 91-88 Game 6 victory over the Meralco Bolts, a team owned by Manny V. Pangilinan, one of the richest men in the Philippines.
Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone won his 19th PBA crown, a league record. Veteran LA Tenorio was hailed as MVP.
Helterbrand and Caguiao: veterans never forgotten
Only two players from the 2008 championship squad remained: Jayjay Helterbrand and Mark Caguioa. These veterans are long the faces of Barangay Ginebra. They have endured taunts throughout the drought, entertained the thought of retirement without a repeat title, and suffered heartbreaks and defeats after the seasons that followed their 2008 title.
The duo, popularly known as The Fast and The Furious, provided much-needed championship experience to the present squad, finally bearing fruit. They never came short in the series against Meralco, putting in big baskets and empowering the crowd with their dazzling vintage moves. In the series against Meralco, they brought energy, excitement, and experience to the court. They are a testament to the axiom, “never say die“.
It seems like it’s Helterbrand and Caguioa’s last ride – and they have enjoyed it to the fullest. They have helped their team reclaim the throne.
Kangkong no more
The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Gin Kings have long been the butt of jokes and memes due to their inability to repeat as champions following their 2008 win. Memes likes the ones below circulated in social media:
Because the Gin Kings won again, it is time to put all those kangkong memes to the grave. They have resurrected their championship spirit. Even if Helterbrand and Caguioa decide to call it quits, Ginebra still has enough players who are capable of winning another crown, especially in the person of Scottie Thompson, who was inspired in Game 5 thanks to a video message of support from Liza Soberano, one of the most popular teen stars in the country.
As Caguioa exclaimed, “wala nang kangkungan” (no more kangkong or in other words, no more losing).
Will Barangay Ginebra repeat as champs?
That remains to be seen or else we have to exhume those kangkong memes in the next few months or years. Will be it another drought? Will die-hard Ginebra fans have to wait again for years? Will it be kangkong again?