Gin Kings issue emphatic statement to start semis against TNT
Paul Lintag on Oct 02, 2017 09:20 PM
Making a late run in the first quarter to create separation, the Gin Kings rode the momentum all the way to the finish, leading by as many 34 points in the second half of its rousing Game 1 semis win over TNT.
Now, Ginebra is the undisputed team to beat in the 2017 Governors' Cup.
The champs issued an emphatic statement to start their semifinal series against no. 2 TNT, scoring a dominant 121-94 victory Monday at the Big Dome for a 1-0 lead in the best-of-5 affair.
Making a late run in the first quarter to create separation, the Gin Kings rode the momentum all the way to the finish, leading by as many 34 points in the second half.
"They beat us up in the elims and we got them today," head coach Tim Cone said, referring to TNT's crushing 121-92 win to end the elimination round last Sept. 23.
"Game 2 is probably going to be exciting. One way, we're happy that we're able to play like this because we're able to beat them. On the other hand, we just filled their bag with a whole bunch of motivation going to Game 2," Cone added, already looking ahead for the next game.
The Gin Kings unloaded a quick 10-0 run in the first quarter for a 27-19 lead, establishing control over a TNT team that just came from a grueling quarterfinal series against Rain or Shine.
Using its superior size, Ginebra pounded on the KaTropa all game long, breaking the game wide open in the third period and early in the fourth.
With the final 12 minutes pretty much garbage time, the Gin Kings still managed to put up a 113-79 lead as their defense held the KaTropa to only two points in the first six minutes of the quarter.
Import Justin Brownlee led seven Ginebra players in double figures with 21 points on top of eight rebounds and five assists. Joe Devance was the top local with 19 points while Greg Slaughter came off the bench to drop 16 points, seven boards, and five dimes.
For TNT, Glen Rice Jr. powered the offense with 26 points while Jayson Castro dropped 16, 11 in the opening period. However, the KaTropa's top-2 weapons combined to commit 13 of the team's 22 turnovers.
Game 2 of this series will be on Wednesday at Batangas City.
Ginebra 121 - Brownlee 21, Devance 19, Slaughter 16, Caguioa 13, Tenorio 10, Aguilar J. 10, Cruz 10, Thompson 7, Mercado 7, Mariano 4, Taha 4, Helterbrand 0, Aguilar R. 0.
TNT 94 - Rice Jr. 26, Castro 16, Pogoy 12, Tautuaa 7, Carey 6, Nuyles 6, Rosario 5, Williams 5, Semerad 5, Hernandez 3, Reyes 2, Chua 1, Golla 0, Lingganay 0, Seigle 0.
Quarterscores: 31-22, 60-48, 95-75, 121-94.
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