Bolts tie Finals after wild Game 4 win over Brgy. Ginebra
Paul Lintag on Oct 20, 2017 09:48 PM
Allen Durham hit the go-ahead layup with 47 seconds to go and the 2017 Governors' Cup Finals between Meralco and Ginebra is tied at two games each.
After an ending that can only be described as crazy, Meralco has made a brand-new series out of the 2017 Governors' Cup Finals against Brgy. Ginebra.
The Bolts picked up a pulsating 85-83 win over the Gin Kings in Game 4 Friday at the Big Dome, tying the best-of-7 showdown at two games apiece.
Tied at 83 with a minute to go, Reynel Hugnatan found an open Allen Durham for an undergoal stab to give the Bolts an 85-83 lead in the last 47 seconds.
And then it got crazy.
Sol Mercado and Justin Brownlee missed a triple each for Ginebra with 20 seconds to go. On the other end, what looked liked an easy game-sealing layup by Jared Dillinger was blocked Mercado giving the Gin Kings around 15 seconds to try and come up with something to either tie or win the game outright.
However, for some reason, Ginebra never called a timeout and the champs missed out after Brownlee's final attempt at a basket fell short.
"Our execution down the stretch was pretty good today except for that last layup by JD [Dillinher]," head coach Norman Black said.
"Everything went smoothly. Guys really focused in this time on what we did in the huddle as far as instructions were concerned, unlike in Game 2," he added.
The Gin Kings appeared to be on their way to a 3-1 lead after Japeth Aguilar's thunderous and-one alley-oop slam gave the barangay an 81-78 lead with 1:54 to go.
However, Durham would quickly answer on the other end to cut the deficit to one and Baser Amer hit a booming three with 1:18 remaining to give the lead to the Bolts for good. Brownlee hit two free throws in the next Ginebra possession to force the final tie, setting up the wild final minute of play.
Durham continued his beastly run in these Finals, pouring 28 points and 18 rebounds while Chris Newsome added 18 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists.
In yet another close outing, Meralco pulled away early in the second half behind Durham, taking a 13-point lead, 59-46.
But behind Brownlee and Mark Caguioa of all people, Ginebra would fight back to make the game more manageable, trailing by only five entering the fourth.
Brownlee finished with a game-high 34 points for the Gin Kings but this time, it's Ginebra that had trouble when it comes to local support.
Joe Devance was the only other player to score double figures for the barangay with 15. Starting point guard LA Tenorio finished with zero points and starting shooting guard Scottie Thompson was no better, scoring only four.
Game 5 will be at the Philippine Arena on Sunday.
MERALCO 85 - Durham 28, Newsome 18, Hugnatan 14, Amer 11, Hodge 7, Dillinger 2, Caram 2, Faundo 2, Lanete 1, Tolomia 0.
GINEBRA 83 - Brownlee 34, Devance 15, Caguioa 8, Aguilar 7, Slaughter 6, Cruz 4, Thompson 4, Ferrer 3, Helterbrand 2, Tenorio 0, Mercado 0.
Quarters: 17-17, 41-40, 68-63, 85-83.
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