Ginebra survies ROS in triple OT in early playoff preview
Paul Lintag on Mar 02, 2018 10:53 PM
Jervy Cruz the hero late for Brgy. Ginebra.
In the wildest game of the season so far, Brgy. Ginebra walked away with a win to remember in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.
The Gin Kings needed 63 minutes to dispose Rain or Shine, taking a tough 100-92 decision in triple overtime Friday at the Big Dome.
After Ginebra gave up the first three points of the third overtime, the Gin Kings went on a closing run behind the clutch baskets of Sol Mercado and Jervy Cruz to seal the win.
Mercado drilled a tough layup to push Ginebra ahead, 94-92, and after ROS missed four straight free throws in the final 90 seconds, Cruz buried a mid-range J for a four-point lead with 34 seconds to go.
Rain or Shine could have ended the game in the second overtime but Raymond Almazan failed to complete an alley-oop play in the final 2.2 seconds. Maverick Ahanmisi also missed the follow up.
The Elasto Painters also had the final crack at the basket in regulation and in the first overtime but failed to convert each time. Beau Belga missed a mid-range J and Almazan missed the putback in regulation and Belga also missed a wide-open three at the end of the first overtime session.
"This is the first good thing that happened to us all whole conference long -- winning tonight's game -- and it took us triple overtime to do it against a team that's really didn't have much to play for," head coach Tim Cone said.
Japeth Aguilar was the high man for the Gin Kings, going for 30 points and 17 rebounds in 51 minutes of play.
LA Tenorio added 20 in just under 57 minutes of action while Joe Devance dropped 15 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists with 49 and a half minutes. Scottie Thompson had a 10-point, 17-rebound double-double in almost 40 minutes.
Mercado ended up with 10 points and Cruz was good for six, four in the third overtime.
As for ROS, Belga finished with 17 points while Gabe Norwood, the lone Elasto Painter to break the 50-minute mark, finished with 13 points.
The loss didn't do much for the Elasto Painters as they already qualified for the playoffs. However, their loss enabled Ginebra to take over the no. 4 spot. Regardless of the result, Rain or Shine and Ginebra will meet in the best-of-3 quarterfinals anyway as the 4th-5th seeds.
The Ginebra win also sealed the playoff for 8th between TNT and Phoenix, eliminating Blackwater in the process. If ROS had won, the playoff for 8th would have been between the Gin Kings and the Elite and it was the KaTropa that be dropped.
Ginebra 100 - J. Aguilar 30, Tenorio 20, Devance 15, Mercado 10, Thompson 10, Cruz 6, Mariano 3, Caguioa 3, Ferrer 3, R. Aguilar 0.
Rain or Shine 92 - Belga 17, Norwood 13, Ahanmisi 11, Daquioag 11, Washington 9, Almazan 8, Trollano 8, Borboran 6, Ponferada 4,Nambatac 3, Maiquez 2,Matias 0.
Quarter scores: 26-20, 46-34, 67-62, 80-80, 85-85 (OT1), 87-87 (OT2), 100-92 (OT3)
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