Ginebra fights off Star for another Manila Clasico win
Paul Lintag on Apr 09, 2017 09:11 PM
The Gin Kings rallied from a second-half double-digit deficit to ruin the Hotshots' perfect Commissioner's Cup run.
Much to the disappointment of Star fans all over, Brgy. Ginebra just won another Manila Clasico.
The Gin Kings rallied from a second-half double-digit deficit to ruin the Hotshots' perfect Commissioner's Cup run, taking a 113-98 decision Sunday at the MOA Arena.
Down 12 in the third quarter, 55-67, the Gin Kings flipped the switch and turned to Justin Brownlee to mount a comeback, taking a seven-point lead into the payoff period.
The Hotshots threatened once again in the fourth behind import Tony Mitchell but Brownlee, Sol Mercado, and LA Tenorio all hit huge shots to keep the Ginebra afloat before the Gin Kings completed a 27-point turnaround.
"It was a really up and down game. It was a game of runs which is what you expect from a Manila Clasico," head coach Tim Cone said.
"I told the team at halftime, we were playing good basketball but they were playing better. We needed to lift our game in the second half," he added.
Brownlee led the Gin Kings with 30 points, 21 in the second half, on top of 15 rebounds and six assists. Tenorio was Ginebra's top local with 21 points and Mercado came of the bench to add 15.
Brgy. Ginebra's win was the team's second straight in the new tournament, pushing its record to 2-1.
Mitchell paced the Hotshots with 21 points, 10 in the last 12 minutes, while Allein Maliksi added 17.
After four straight wins, Star dropped its first game in the Commissioner's Cup, leaving San Miguel as the only unbeaten team in the field.
GINEBRA: 113 - Brownlee 30, Tenorio 21, Mercado 15, Aguilar 12, Thompson 8, Ferrer 8, Devance 7, Caguioa 6, Ellis 4, Marcelo 2.
STAR: 98 - Mitchell 22, Maliksi 17, Lee 11, Jalalon 10, Barroca 9, Ramos 7, Brondial 7, Mendoza 6, Simon 5, Reavis 4.
Quarterscores 26-24, 51-53, 82-75, 113-98.
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