PBA: Ginebra dominates Game 1 of Quarterfinals Clasico vs Magnolia
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 06, 2019 09:04 PM
Scottie Thompson was just one of five Ginebra players in double-digits in their dominant Game 1 triumph over archrival Magnolia
Ginebra imposed its will on archrival Magnolia all game long for a convincing 86-75 victory in Game 1 of the three-game "Quarterfinals Clasico" in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, Saturday at MOA Arena.
The Gin Kings counted five players in double-digits led by Greg Slaughter who posted a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double.
Japeth Aguilar also stuffed the stat sheet with 12 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, and three blocks while Art Dela Cruz turned in his best game as of late with 14 markers.
Scottie Thompson's 12 points to go along with eight rebounds and four assists and LA Tenorio's 10 markers on top of seven dimes and four boards rounded out their total team effort.
That total team effort spurred what proved to be the pivotal 29-9 push bridging the second and third quarters.
Eight different players contributed in that Ginebra outburst, blowing open what was just a one-point game early in the second and building up a 50-29 advantage in their favor early in the third.
"That team just doesn't go away. Up until 40 seconds, I was not sure about our win," head coach Tim Cone said post-game.
Magnolia could only come as close as nine points with under a minute remaining as it was turned back by Dela Cruz who made sure the Gin Kings weren't going to be stopped en route to a 1-0 lead in the best-of three rivalry series.
The strong showing of Dela Cruz, out due to injury in the last five conferences, is nothing but a welcome development as they go for a series sweep on Monday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Ian Sangalang paced the Hotshots with 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
They head into their do-or-die game with some sort of momentum, making their archrivals work for the win until the dying moments.
GINEBRA 86 - Slaughter 15, Dela Cruz 14, Thompson 12, Aguilar 12, Tenorio 10, Ferrer 8, Chan 6, Mariano 4, Mercado 3, Caperal 2, Cruz 0.
MAGNOLIA 75 - Lee 15, Sangalang 14, Brondial 11, Ramos 10, Melton 10, Dela Rosa 6, Jalalon 4, Barroca 3, Reavis 2, Pascual 0, Herndon 0, Abundo 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 17-18, 44-27, 62-47, 86-75.
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