Ginebra sweeps ROS to set up early rematch with San Miguel

Ginebra sweeps ROS to set up early rematch with San Miguel
The Gin Kings stopped the Elasto Painters for the third time in less than a week and will advance to the semifinals against three-time defending champion San Miguel Beer.

It was a clean sweep for the Barangay.

Ginebra beat Rain or Shine again, this time a 99-91 decision in Game 2 of their Philippine Cup quarterfinals series Wednesday at the Big Dome.

The Gin Kings stopped the Elasto Painters for the third time in less than a week and will advance to the semifinals against three-time defending champion San Miguel Beer.

That best-of-7 series is a rematch from last year's Philippine Cup Finals where the Beermen won, 4-1.

"Wow what a relief. It's always a big relief to get through to the quarters," head coach Tim Cone said.

"To me, it's the hardest series to win, the quarter series. Just because there's so much pressure on you to make the semis all the time, so that really builds hard and I think that the quarters really is, through my career, the hardest series to win," he added.

Similar to their first two games, the third Ginebra-ROS matchup in less than a week was a rough affair, with no team getting a significant lead.

However, the Gin Kings were able to answer every run by the Elasto Painters, allowing them to hold on for the win anew.

Japeth Aguilar was a man on a mission for the barangay, dropping 27 points, 18 in the second half, on top of 12 rebounds, three steals, and three blocks.

Jervy Cruz came off the bench to score 18 for Ginebra while LA Tenorio had 17 for the Gin Kings.

For ROS, who made a quarterfinal exit for a fourth straight conference, they just couldn't get the necessary plays in the end to go their way.

Maverick Ahanmisi paced the team in scoring with 18 points. Ed Daquioag and Raymond Almazan added 14 apiece.

 

The Scores:

GINEBRA 99 – Aguilar 27, Cruz 18, Tenorio 17, Mercado 10, Devance 10, Thompson 9, Ferrer 6, Taha 2, Manuel 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 91 – Ahanmisi 18, Daquioag 14, Almazan 14, Belga 13, Nambatac 8, Norwood 7, Ponferada 7, Washington 5, Onwubere 3, Borboran 2.

Quarters: 28-19; 43-46; 77-72; 99-91.

 

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