Ginebra powers through in overtime to score another Manila Clasico win
Paul Lintag on Sep 03, 2017 09:59 PM
Justin Brownlee and the Gin Kings win yet another Manila Clasico.
Brgy. Ginebra botched the finish in regulation but made sure to complete the job in extra time to win yet another Manila Clasico.
The defending champion Gin Kings survived rival Star in overtime, 105-101, Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum, taking over solo first place in the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup.
Ginebra won a sixth straight game for a 6-1 record, half a game above Meralco, its other heated rival, in the standings.
This game was also the Gin Kings' seventh Manila Clasico win in 10 games this season so far and they swept all regular season meetings against the Hotshots.
"Wow, that was a tough game. At the end of the game our guys were just absolutely exhausted. That's a really quick team, they're playing like five guards out there. Even though Ping and Rafi aren't guards, they're as quick as guards so it's really a tough match-up for us," head coach Tim Cone said.
"We struggled with our free throw shooting, we struggled with our rebounding, we weren't finishing shot well. It wasn't that of a well-played game, we hung around, I felt we stole it because they outplayed us throughout the game. Chito [Victolero] came out and had a really good game plan, we battled it, we talked about their game plan. it was a struggle all the way through," he added.
After erasing a four-point deficit inside the final two minutes, Ginebra struggled to put the game away after missing four out of six free throws, leaving Star with an opportunity to tie down three points, 92-95.
That's exactly what the Hotshots did when 21-year-old import Malcolm Hill drew a foul from Japeth Aguilar while attempting a three-point shot.
And as if Denzel Bowles' now-iconic moment from Game 7 of the 2012 Commissioner's Cup Finals was being recreated, Hill made all three charities with 0.6 seconds to go to force extra time.
Things were still close in overtime and Ginebra's free throw woes persisted, however, Star failed to make the Gin Kings pay and a final follow-up slam by Aguilar sealed the deal for the defending champions.
Justin Brownlee, who remains perfect in Manila Clasico games, led the way for Ginebra with 33 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. Joe Devance and Greg Slaughter added 17 points apiece.
Losing a fourth straight Manila Clasico game this season and two overall in the season-ending joust for a 4-2 record, the Hotshots got 28 points and 12 boards from Hill. However, the youthful reinforcement fouled out in the final minute of overtime.
Paul Lee buried 22 markers for Star.
GINEBRA 105 - Brownlee 33, Devance 17, Slaughter 17, Tenorio 13, Aguilar 12, Thompson 7, Ferrer 4, Taha 2, Mercado 0, Cruz 0.
STAR 101 - Hill 28, Lee 22, Barroca 14, Ramos 11, Sangalang 10, Reavis 10, Maliksi 4, Jalalon 2, Melton 0, Simon 0, Pingris 0.
Quarters: 21-25, 40-45, 73-70, 95-95, 105-101.
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