Jan 21, 2023

Kings' intact roster eyeing to retain Governors' Cup crown

FRESH from achieving one of its greatest conquests, Barangay Ginebra is not through yet, and will be eyeing to retain the PBA Governors Cup that kicks off Sunday at the Philsports Arena.

While still in vacation mode following their rousing championship run in the Commissioner's Cup, the Kings are not about to take it easy and will be aiming for a back-to-back crown to cap off their season.

The team returns to practice by next week as it prepares for its title retention bid that formally gets going on Feb. 5 against Rain or Shine at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Working to the Kings' advantage is keeping intact the same roster that recently won the mid-season championship at the expense of guest team Bay Area Dragons in a Game 7 to remember at the Philippine Arena.

Resident import and naturalized player Justin Brownlee is going to be at the forefront of Ginebra's bid.

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"Justin is here. Walang pinalitan na players, so tingin ko maganda pa rin ang ilalaro ng Ginebra," team governor and San Miguel Corporation (SMC) sports director Alfrancis Chua said in an interview over CNN Philippines.

Chua is not discounting a probable slow start for the Kings, given they will be the last team that will come out of the gate for the season-ending conference.

But Ginebra has been there, done that the Ginebra executive remains upbeat on the team's title defense. (RG)