Ginebra uses #NSD attitude to frustrate Globalport
Paul Lintag on Jan 07, 2018 08:40 PM
Down by nine entering the fourth, Ginebra completed a 16-point turnaround to frustrate Globalport.
It's that classic "Never Say Die" attitude still.
Brgy. Ginebra recovered just in time to keep its record in the 2018 Philippine Cup intact, taking a 104-97 win at the expense of Globalport Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Down by nine entering the fourth, the Gin Kings completed a 16-point turnaround to frustrate the Batang Pier to improve to a clean 2-0.
Despite the win, head coach Tim Cone was in no mood to celebrate after he felt that his team didn't play up to potential against a Globalport squad that was missing star guard Terrence Romeo.
"Well that's what teams coming from championships do. Thsi is the way they do it. They sleepwalk for 3 and a half quarters and try to win a game down the stretch," he said.
"That's what we're trying to avoid," Cone added.
The Gin Kings did exactly that, walking away with the win nonetheless.
LA Tenorio checked in halfway through the fourth and buried two big three-point shots to cut the deficit to two while Japeth Aguilar also made a pair of heads up plays down the stretch to allow Ginebra to pull through.
Aguilar first buried an alley-oop slam to finally give the Gin Kings the lead, 95-93, with 3:22 to go.
Stanley Pringle restored order for the Batang Pier with a booming three-point shot, but Japeth came back with an and-one play as Ginebra took over for good, 98-96.
Aguilar finished with 21 points, nine rebounds, and six blocks while Tenorio fired 17 points on top of seven assists.
Scottie Thompson, meanwhile, flirted wit ha triple-double with nine points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists.
For Global, who dropped to 0-2 for the season, Sean Anthony stepped in as the lead scorer with 29 point and nine rebounds.
Pringle added 23 points, eight boards, and 10 assists in the loss.
GINEBRA 104 - Aguilar 21, Slaughter 18, Tenorio 17, Mariano 11, Cruz 10, Thompson 9, Ferrer 8, Caguioa 7, Taha 3.
GLOBALPORT 97 - Anthony 29, Pringle 23, Nabong 12, Sargent 12, Grey 9, Guinto 7, Arana 5, Taha 0, Elorde 0, Flores 0, Gabayni 0.
Quarters: 19-23, 46-48, 68-77, 104-97.
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