PBA: Gin Kings get first win in title defense
Paul Lintag on May 26, 2019 09:16 PM
Ginebra gets its first win of the Commissioner’s Cup. (PBA)
Defending champion Brgy. Ginebra is on the board.
The Gin Kings shut down rival Meralco Sunday in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, scoring a nice 110-95 victory at the Big Dome.
Losing to Blackwater in overtime to start its title defense, Ginebra has bounced back for an even 1-1 record in the mid-season joust.
“We played as badly as we could in the first half, we looked as we didn’t have any fight,” head coach Tim Cone said.
“They talked about it at halftime, and they came out and played with so much fight there in the 2nd half. I couldn't be prouder of this group in terms of turning that game around,” he added.
Down 11 at the break, Ginebra quickly turned things around with a balanced scoring effort in the third and outscored the Bolts, 39-17, to take an 11-point lead entering the fourth.
The Gin Kings then weathered a final strong rally from Meralco to score their first victory.
Reigning Best Import Justin Brownlee was the high mn for the barangay with 27 points.
Japeth Aguilar led four locals in double figures with 19 while Art Dela Cruz and Sol Mercado scored 16 and 14 points respectively.
The Bolts got a huge 38-point effort from import Gani Lawal but local supported lacked as only Baser Amer reached double digits with 10 points.
Meralco dropped to 1-2 with the loss.
Ginebra 110 - Brownlee 27, Aguilar 19, Dela Cruz 16, Mercado 14, Thompson 11, Slaughter 8, Mariano 8, Tenorio 4, Ferrer 3, Cruz 0, Caperal 0.
Meralco 95 - Lawal 38, Amer 10, Newsome 8, Hodge 7, Salva 6, Pinto 6, Canaleta 6, De Ocampo 5, Hugnatan 4, Jackson 3, Tolomia 2, Quinto 0, Caram 0.
Quarters: 16-28, 43-54, 82-71, 110-95.
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