On Tuesday night, the Kings finally reigned over the San Miguel Beermen, largely behind the exploits of Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio and young free agent recruit Prince Caperal.
Aguilar, Tenorio and Caperal led the way as the Kings sustained a brilliant job to repulse the Beermen, 95-87, and stay in the thick of the fight in their PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven semifinal playoff at the MOA Arena in Pasay City last night.
Joe Devance, Scottie Thompson, Sol Mercado and Jervy Cruz also provided push as Ginebra prevented San Miguel from putting the series away.
The Kings have a chance to equalize as the two teams slug it out again in Game FourThursday at the same venue.
“Napakalaking bagay nito because we can’t be down 0-3 against the best team in the PBA which is San Miguel,” said Tenorio, a key factor in their Game Three win with 18 points, five rebounds and two assists.
Ginebra coach Tim Cone deflected all the credit to his players for playing a “character game.”
“I have to give credit to our guys. A lesser character team could have not responded the same way they did coming from a painful loss. It’s hard,” said Cone on the Kings’ turnaround effort after blowing away what had looked a won game Sunday.