PBA: Brownlee gets triple-double as No. 1 Ginebra eliminates TNT

Paul Lintag on Nov 04, 2018 09:29 PM
PBA: No. 1 Ginebra eliminates TNT
The Gin Kings now draw NLEX in the quarterfinals where they hold a twice-to-beat advantage.

Brgy. Ginebra was taking no. 1 regardless but the reigning two-time champions made a strong statement anyway.

The Gin Kings sent the TNT KaTropa packing, scoring a 112-93 win in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Sunday at the Big Dome.

By virtue of Phoenix's win in the first game, Ginebra locked up the no. 1 overall seed. Still, the champs proved a point and ended the elimination round with a 9-2 mark.

The Gin Kings now draw NLEX in the quarterfinals where they hold a twice-to-beat advantage.

Ginebra slowly pulled the fight out of TNT from the second quarter onwards and the Gin Kings dropped the hammer late in the fourth when they led by as many as 22 points.

Justin Brownlee was sensational as per usual, finishing with a triple-double of 31 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 assists. Greg Slaughter was huge too, powering through for 25 points in the win.

Playing to stay alive, TNT got off to a strong start and led by eight in the opening period.

However, the KaTropa simply got overwhelmed by the Gin Kings and had no answer for the two-time champs in the second half. TNT finished with a disappointing 4-7 mark and missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2015 Governors' Cup.

Import Marqus Blakely led the KaTropa with 23 points while RR Pogoy added 22 points.

 

The Scores:


Ginebra 112 - Brownlee 31, Slaughter 25, Thompson 11, J. Aguilar 10, Mariano 9, Ferrer 9, Tenorio 7, Mercado 4, Dela Cruz 3, Chan 3, Caguioa 0, Caperal 0, R. Aguilar 0, Manuel 0.

TNT 93 - Blakely 23, Pogoy 22, Castro 12, Rosario 11, Reyes 8, Cruz 7, Trollano 4, Carey 2, Williams 2, Tamsi 2, Golla 0, Taha 0, Garcia 0, Paredes 0.

Quarters: 24-22, 54-45, 82-69, 112-93.

 

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