PBA: Ginebra sets up Manila Clasico semis eliminating NLEX
Paul Lintag on Nov 06, 2018 09:13 PM
Justin Brownlee and the Gin Kings roll to the semifinals of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup.
Manila Clasico semis is set.
Two-time defending champions Brgy. Ginebra made quick work of no. 8 NLEX Tuesday, taking a 111-75 win in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup quarterfinals.
The top-seeded Gin Kings advance and will meet rival Magnolia in the next round.
Ginebra took control early in the game, taking a double-digit lead at the break. However, the Road Warriors came out firing in the second half, cutting a 14-point deficit into just five.
The Gin Kings would recover behind import Justin Brownlee, who scored 10 of his 13 points in the third to re-establish control for the barangay.
Ginebra would land the knockout blow in the fourth, leading by as many as 36 points late.
"I thought we did pretty much what we wanted to do throughout the game except that we came out flat in the second half and they made a nice run at us," head coach Tim Cone said.
"No doubt there was some jitters there during the timeouts," he added.
Ginebra pulled away behind a balanced effort led by Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter who finished with 18 and 16 points respectively.
Sol Mercado added 14 while Brownlee had 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists for another triple-double.
For the Road Warriors, Aaron Fuller scored 25 but no one else cracked double figures.
Ginebra 111 - J. Aguilar 18, Slaughter 16, Mercado 14, Brownlee 13, Chan 12, Mariano 8, Tenorio 7, Ferrer 7, Thompson 6, Caperal 5, R. Aguilar 3, Manuel 2.
NLEX 75 - Fuller 25, Paniamogan 9, Quinahan 9, Galanza 7, Ighalo 6, Fonacier 5, Mallari 4, Rios 4, Monfort 3, Miranda 3, Taulava 0, Tiongson 0, Baguio 0, Tallo 0.
Quarters: 26-20, 50-36, 76-62, 111-75.
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