PBA: Ginebra takes over first place after win vs. Northport

Paul Lintag on Sep 05, 2018 09:30 PM
PBA: Ginebra takes over first place after win vs. Northport
Aguilar hit the timely baskets inside the last two minutes and the Gin Kings rolled to their third straight win to start their title defense.

First place goes to the barangay.

Ginebra relied on Japeth Aguilar late Wednesday to survive Northport, scoring a 104-98 win in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup at the Big Dome.

Aguilar hit the timely baskets inside the last two minutes and the Gin Kings rolled to their third straight win to start their title defense.

The Gin Kings were rolling to start, riding a strong first half to put up a 19-point lead early in the third period, 60-41.

But then Stanley Pringle happened and Northport bounced back behind its returning Asian Games star. Pringle scored 19 points in the third period as he ended up putting the Batang Pier in position to steal the victory in the fourth quarter, cutting their deficit to only one multiple times.

Unfortunately for the Batang Pier, Japeth Aguilar also happened in favor of the reigning two-time champions.

"We're not staying to our character at this point," head coach Tim Cone said,

"We're doing what we can to survive and win games but we need to find our discipline a little bit more," he added.

Super import Justin Brownlee score 27 points to go along with eight rebounds and eight assists for Ginebra while Aguilar finished with 23 points, 12 in the final period.

LA Tenorio and Greg Slaughter added 18 each for the Gin Kings.

The Batang Pier are now 0-4 in the standings and they got 34 points from Pringle and 28 from import Rashad Woods.

 

The Scores:

Ginebra 104 - Brownlee 27, Aguilar J 23, Slaughter 18, Tenorio 18, Ferrer 6, Mariano 4, Thompson 4, Chan 2, Caguioa 2. 


NorthPort 98 - Pringle 34, Woods 28, Tautuaa 11, Anthony 9, Taha 6, Fortuna 5, Guinto 3, Grey 2, Arana 0, Espinas 0, Gabayni 0.

 

Quarters: 33-15, 57-41, 79-73, 104-98.

 


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