Champion Ginebra too hot to handle for Phoenix
Paul Lintag on Aug 30, 2017 09:23 PM
Justin Brownlee and the Gin Kings rolled to their fifth straight win after beating Phoenix.
Ginebra was simply too hot to handle for Phoenix.
The defending champion Gin Kings cruised to their fifth straight win of the 2017 Governors' Cup, beating the Fuel Masters, 105-92, Wednesday at the MOA Arena.
Led by Joe Devance and Justin Brownlee, Ginebra broke a close game wide open in the third period, turning a three-point lead into a 17-point spread entering the fourth.
The Gin Kings led by as many as 22 in the final minutes before eventually settling for a 13-point victory, improving to 5-1 in their title defense.
"We were a little frustrated at halftime. We were playing a little sloppy and weren't efficient as we wanted to be," head coach Tim Cone said.
"And what has been our MO this conference, we broke away in the third quarter. We were able to get some stops and get the lead. That was pretty much our story," he added.
Using its imposing size, Ginebra outrebounded Phoenix, 76-47, and four of the team's top scorers were big men.
Import Justin Brownlee led the way with 24 points and 17 rebounds while Japeth Aguilar added 19 points and 13 boards.
Joe Devance and Greg Slaughter finished with 14 apiece and both combined for another 18 rebounds for the Gin Kings.
Absoring a seventh straight defeat for a 2-7 mark, the Fuel Masters got 26 points and 18 rebounds from import Brandon Brown. Matthew Wright added 21 points but he needed 21 shots to get there.
GINEBRA 105 - Brownlee 24, Aguilar 19, Slaughter 14, Devance 14, Tenorio 12, Thompson 8, Mercado 5, Mariano 3, Cruz 2, Ellis 2, Taha 2, Marcelo 0, Helterbrand 0, Ferrer 0, Caguioa 0.
PHOENIX 92 - Brown 26, Wright 21, Kramer 11, Intal 11, Chan 7, Jazul 6, Eriobu 4, Alolino 4, Dehesa 2, Lanete 0, W. Wilson 0, Miranda 0.
Quarters: 29-26, 53-50, 85-68, 105-92.
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