Air 21 Dismantles Ginebra, Ties the Series 1-1

True to their word, Air 21 Express delivered the goods on game two and dismantled the crowd favorite Ginebra Gin Kings with a 34-point blowout. Ginebra entered the game riding a 13-game winning streak only to be snapped by the underdog Air 21. The final score was 124-90, the biggest winning margin in the Air 21 franchise history.

The Express were relentless in the hard-court as they outscored the Kings in all quarters, also out-rebounding their opponents 55-41.

Ginebra awardees Jayjay Helterbrand and Chris Alexander both failed to fire up and carry their team for the win. Alexander, named as the Best Import, only managed to put up 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Helterbrand, hailed as the Best Player of the Conference, struggled with only four points and left the game in the third period because of a hamstring injury.

On the other hand, Air 21 played with a lot of grit and intensity as the team demonstrated a balanced offensive attack. Gary David and Arwind Santos led the Express with 20 points apiece. Egay Billones and JC Intal chipped in 11 points each while seven other Express players contributed at least 8 points each.

With the teams splitting the first two games, the series is back on an even playing field. Game 3 of the Smart PBA Fiesta Conference finals will be played tomorrow at the Araneta Coliseum.



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