Ginebra takes emotional win over Global to book semis return
Paul Lintag on Jun 06, 2017 09:50 PM
LA Tenorio figured in a late-game altercation with Terrence Romeo but even that didn't spoil Ginebra's rousing quarterfinal win against Globalport.
Save for some late-game shenanigans, Brgy. Ginebra's path to the semifinals was smooth sailing.
The top-seed Gin Kings took care of their 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals match against Globalport, scoring a 96-85 win Tuesday at the Big Dome.
The win allowed the barangay to move on to a third straight semis appearance and will take on either TNT or Meralco. The KaTropa lead that series 1-0.
With the outcome pretty much settled, LA Tenorio figured in an altercation with Terrence Romeo in the final 3:28 of the game.
Both guards appeared to got entangled on a rebound play and Romeo ended up giving Tenorio a swinging backfist or sorts that sparked an intense exchange of words.
Romeo was called for a flagrant foul penalty 2 for the hit and ejected out of the game while Tenorio, as well as coaches Tim Cone and Franz Pumaren, were assessed with technical fouls each.
Up by 16 points during the incident, the Gin Kings merely cruised to victory the rest of the way, settling for an 11-point victory.
"I thought we defended really well tonight, especially with Stanley [Pringle]. He’s an explosive player and he looked a little worn out tonight," Cone said on the game's strategy.
"We challenged Romeo to beat our bigs and for moments, he did make big shots and tough shots, but we just kept the defense on him and didnt let him use his ball screens," he added.
Maintaining a 10-point lead in the second half, the Gin Kings dropped the hammer to close out the third period, scoring 15 unanswered points to put up a 76-51 advantage.
The Batang Pier responded with a 10-0 run of their bridging the third and fourth quarters but it wasn't enough to really challenge the Gin Kings in the end.
Justin Brownlee was his usual dominant self for Ginebra, going for 39 points, 15 in the third period, nine rebounds, and four assists. Japeth Aguilar and Tenorio added 21 and 12 points respectively.
Justin Harper was the high man for Globalport, scoring 29 points while Romeo was good for 22.
GINEBRA 96 -Brownlee 39, Aguilar 21, Tenorio 12, Thompson 11, Devance 4, Ferrer 3, Mariano 2, Ellis 2, Caguioa 2, Mercado 0, Marcelo 0, Helterbrand 0.
GLOBALPORT 85 - Harper 29, Romeo 22, Pringle 16, Anthony 5, Cortez 5, Guinto 3, Ababou 3, Mamaril 2, Maierhofer 0, Grey 0, Pessumal 0, Pennisi 0.
Quarterscores: 26-19, 46-33, 76-56, 96-85.
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