Gin Kings survive fighting KaTropa for a crucial 2-1 series lead

Paul Lintag on Oct 06, 2017 09:50 PM
Gin Kings survive fighting KaTropa to take series lead
Up three with five seconds left, Ginebra walked away with the crucial victory after Glen Rice Jr.'s final attempt at a game-tying triple narrowly missed at the buzzer.

Defending champion Brgy. Ginebra is one win away from making a return trip to the Governors' Cup Finals.

The Gin Kings survived an emotional Game 3 Friday at the Big Dome, taking a close 106-103 win over no. 2 TNT for a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-5 semis.

Up three with five seconds left, Ginebra walked away with the crucial victory after Glen Rice Jr.'s final attempt at a game-tying triple narrowly missed at the buzzer.

Before TNT's final offensive possession, Ginebra had the chance to put the game away but Scottie Thompson missed two free throws with seven seconds to go. Seven seconds prior, Rice Jr. hit a booming three to cut a 100-106 deficit in half.

"That was a great game for both teams. Both teams played well and it just came down to the last shot," head coach Tim Cone said.

"But the series isn’t over, the series isn’t won. This just gave us the lead in the series which is nice to have, but certainly not a safe one especially against a team like TNT," he added.

After erasing an early 13-point deficit, the KaTropa engaged the defending champions in a heated outing in the second half, trading haymakers like two heavyweights in a championship bout.

Behind Jayson Castro and Rice Jr., TNT managed to take the lead late in the fourth quarter before Ginebra found saviors in multiple players.

Import Justin Brownlee struck first, hitting the go-ahead three over Rice for a 99-98 lead with 2:40 to go. Scottie Thompson and Joe Devance then both scored putbacks as the Gin Kings took a 103-98 advantage in the final 90 seconds of the game.

The ending would take a strange turn after Rice was called for a technical foul for holding on to the rim while trying to secure his own rebound from a missed dunk. The bonus free throw was made by Brownlee with ease, giving the Gin Kings a six-point lead with 25 seconds left.

Five players scored in double figures for the defending champions led by Devance with 20 points, 14 in the second half.

Greg Slaughter came off the bench to add 19 while Brownlee finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and four assists. Scottie Thompson had 17 points and 12 boards and LA Tenorio almost had a triple-double with 16 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists.

Like most of this conference, Rice and Castro led the offense for the KaTropa with Glen Jr. firing 44 points, 15 in the fourth, on top of 20 rebounds and six assists.

The Blur likewise finished with a near triple-double after dropping 17 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists.

Game 4 of this series will be on Sunday also at the Big Dome.

 

The scores:

GINEBRA 106 - Devance 20, Slaughter 19, Thompson 17, Brownlee 17, Tenorio 16, Aguilar 8, Mercado 7, Ferrer 2.

TNT 103 - Rice Jr. 44, Castro 17, Semerad 10, Williams 10, Pogoy 7, Rosario 7, Golla 3, Reyes 3, Seigle 2, Nuyles 0, Tautuaa 0, Chua 0.

Quarters: 31-26, 60-49, 85-80, 106-103.

 

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