Ginebra sorely missing ‘glue guy’ Devance

first_img98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG View comments Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Joe Devance. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJoe Devance can do a lot of things on the basketball court and with the versatile guard/forward out with an injury, Barangay Ginebra is paying the price for his absence.Somehow, the Gin Kings survived the loss of Devance in both of their do-or-die games against the Alaska Aces in the quarterfinals, but it hasn’t been the case in their semifinals duel with the Star Hotshots.ADVERTISEMENT The Gin Kings hope to avoid a 0-3 hole on Monday against the Hotshots, who have won eight games in a row dating back to the elimination round.“It really doesn’t come down to Xs and Os anymore. It’s just a matter of who wants it more. We have to want it more next game. We have to get all the 50-50 balls, we have to play our best game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown And after dropping the first two games of the series, the effects of not having Devance around have been amplified.READ: Lee, Star bracing for tougher defensive battle vs GinebraFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“There’s not a word we can put on his importance. He’s our glue guy,” said Ginebra guard Sol Mercado.Devance, who hurt his foot in the third quarter of Ginebra’s victory over Alaska on Sunday, is averaging 12.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists prior to the injury this conference. But there’s more to Devance than what his numbers show.READ: Hotshots slip past Gin Kings for 2-0 lead “Everybody knows that about Joe. He’s someone that does stuff that doesn’t show up on the stats sheet,” Mercado said. “He sets great screens, he gets us into our offense, he gets the high-low passes to Japeth.”“Defensively, he’s our anchor. A lot of people don’t know that, but he’s always talking. So we’re missing him big time.”Ginebra will have to make do minus Devance, who is expected to miss a couple of weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely This week’s Kicks Stalker pick: Jericho Cruz’ Dame 3 Roots MOST READ Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac townlast_img

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