Bay Area came back with a better offense in Game 2 to level with Ginebra in the 2022 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.
The Bay Area Dragons came back with a better offense this time around, scoring a 99-82 victory over Barangay Ginebra in Game 2 of the 2022 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. It was a great performance for the Dragons on both ends of the floor, and they were able to douse the flames every time the Gin Kings tried to storm back.
Bay Area had a 17-point advantage after the first half and weathered a Ginebra early run in the third quarter. Andrew Nicholson and Zhu Songwei hit timely shots in the payoff period, helping the Dragons tie the series at one win apiece.
Better offense for the Dragons
With post plays for Andrew Nicholson resulting in either a turnover or a tough shot, Bay Area adjusted by getting their big man moving instead. Whether it be cutting to the basket or rolling after setting a screen, Nicholson’s movement opened up easier looks for his teammates. Nicholson amassed a double-double performance of 30 points and 15 rebounds, and it seemed like he always had the answer against any Ginebra fightback.
It also helped that Zhu Songwei was on target early on. The 6-foot-9 power forward already had 17 points by the end of the first half, and finished the game with 25 points on 53% shooting from the field. Zhu set the tone and finished strong, partnering up with Nicholson in the frontcourt.