PBA: Ginebra lands the first haymaker of Commissioner's Cup Finals
Justin Brownlee scored 42 points on an insane 89 percent shooting as the Gin Kings demolish San Miguel Beer to start the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals.
Brgy. Ginebra has landed the first haymaker.
The Gin Kings took an early 1-0 lead in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals against defending champion San Miguel after a rather convincing 127-99 win Friday at the Big Dome.
Led by import Justin Brownlee, Ginebra jumped on the Beermen right from the start, leading 35-20 after the first 12 minutes.
At the break, the Gin Kings have put up 69 points and were up by 19.
The lead was as high as 39, 119-80, in the fourth quarter.
"Well that was a surprise," head coach Tim Cone said.
"It was just one of those nights where we had it and they didn't. We were firing on all cylinders, that got them on their heels early and we didn't let up. Those games happen. But all we did was stir up the beehive, and they're coming back big time in Game 2," he added.
Brownlee scored a game-high 42 points, 18 in the first quarter and 29 total in the first half. The prolific Ginebra reinforcement shot an insane 17-of-19 from the field and had another nine assists and seven rebounds for good measure.
Joe Devance added another 20 for Ginebra while Greg Slaughter and Mark Caguioa scored 11 points each.
The Beermen were never in the game and struggled all game long, shooting only 39 percent from the field.
Renaldo Balkman scored 27 points to lead the defending champions while Christian Standhardinger dropped 26 in his PBA Finals debut.
Ginebra (127): Brownlee 42, Devance 20, Slaughter 11, Caguioa 11, Mercado 10, Tenorio 9, Thompson 7, Ferrer 7, Mariano 4, Chan 2, Cruz 2, J. Aguilar 2, Manuel 2
San Miguel (99): Balkman 27, Standhardinger 26, Fajardo 13, Santos 8, Lassiter 6, Cabagnot 5, Nabong 5, Ross 4, Lanete 3, Ganuelas-Rosser 2, Pessumal 0
Quarter scores: 35-20, 69-50, 94-75, 127-99
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