PBA: Gin Kings start title defense with win over Columbian

Paul Lintag on Aug 31, 2018 09:22 PM
PBA: Gin Kings start title defense with win over Columbian
The reigning two-time champs pulled away in the fourth period, setting up an early test against undefeated Alaska in two days time.

Ginebra's title defense is off to a good start.

The Gin Kings withstood a game challenge from Columbian, scoring a 96-84 win Friday at the Big Dome in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup.

The reigning two-time champs pulled away in the fourth period, setting up an early test against undefeated Alaska in two days time.

Tied after three quarters, Ginebra relied on import Justin Brownlee to break the game open in the fourth.

Behind 14 points from Brownlee in the final period, Ginebra opened up a 16-point lead, 91-75, late in the game before settling for the 12-point victory.

"I think [Columbian] did a great job of extending us, making us play the whole 48 minutes," head coach Tim Cone said.

"It was a struggle out there," he added.

Brownlee fired 34 points and 20 rebounds for the barangay, picking up where he left off from the Commissioner's Cup where he finally won Best Import.

Greg Slaughter and Japet Aguilar added 14 points apiece for the Gin Kings.

Columbian dropped to 0-4 in the conference and the Dyip have now lost 20 straight games in the Governors' Cup dating back to two years ago.

Rashawn McCarthy led the Dyip with 18 points.

 

The Scores:

Ginebra 96 - Brownlee 34, Slaughter 14, Aguilar 14, Thompson 10, Mariano 8, Tenorio 7, Chan 7, Ferrer 2, Caguioa 0. 

Columbian 84 - McCarthy 18, King 17, Camson 14, Wright 12, Reyes 5, Escoto 5, Khobuntin 5, Gabriel 4, Sara 4, Ababou 0, Tubid 0, Lastimosa 0, Cabrera 0, Cahilig 0. 


Quarters: 23-18, 41-36, 61-61, 96-84.

 


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