PBA: Gin Kings dethrone San Miguel after sensational Game 6 win
Paul Lintag on Aug 08, 2018 11:41 PM
Best Import Justin Brownlee scored points as the Gin Kings won the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup over San Miguel.
Hail to the new kings.
Ginebra finally knocked out San Miguel Wednesday as the Gin Kings scored a sensational 93-77 Game 6 win at the MOA Arena to claim the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
Down 10 in the first half, Ginebra roared back in the second half, outscoring the Beermen in the pivotal third period, 27-8.
San Miguel never recovered in the fourth and the Gin Kings won the best-of-7 series, 4-2.
"For tonight, for one night at least we are the best team, I guess, for one night," head coach Tim Cone said.
"Tomorrow, they'll be the best team again. But like I was saying earlier, it's just amazing that we were able to come back from that 1-5 start and then be able to match up with San Miguel in the Finals and win it," he added.
Up seven in the third period, Ginebra unloaded a 9-0 run to take a 62-46 lead on the Beermen.
Justin Brownlee was particularly great for the barangay, scoring 20 points in the second half, 10 each in the third and fourt periods, to help the Gin Kings pull away for good.
The league's Best Import finished with 31 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks, and two steals.
Locals also came through for the barangay with Finals MVP Scottie Thompson scoring 12 points on top of 13 rebounds and five assists.
Greg Slaughter (13 points), LA Tenorio (11 points), and Jeff Chan (10) also finished in double figures.
In comparison, the Beermen only had June Mar Fajardo (29 points) and Renaldo Balkman (24 points) making an impact on offense.
The star-studded local lineup of the Beermen shut down in Game 6. Alex Cabagnot, Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross, and Christian Standhardinger combined for a grand total of 11 points.
Ross, Lassiter, and Standhardinger went scoreless.
It was also San Miguel's first Finals loss with head coach Leo Austra as the Beermen's Grand Slam bid ends at the hands of Ginebra for the second year in a row.
Ginebra (93): Brownlee 31, Slaughter 13, Thompson 12, Tenorio 11, Chan 10, Mercado 6, Ferrer 5, Devance 4, J. Aguilar 1
San Miguel (77): Fajardo 29, Balkman 24, Heruela 11, Cabagnot 6, Santos 5, Pessumal 2, Ross 0, Lassiter 0, Rosser 0, Vigil 0, Standhardinger 0
Quarterscores: 14-17, 35-38, 62-46, 93-77
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