PBA: Gin Kings end SMB’s grand slam bid
Mark Escarlote on Nov 24, 2019 09:11 PM
Barangay Ginebra spoiled San Miguel Beer's grand slam bid as the Gin Kings locked a semifinals seat.
Justin Brownlee drilled a crucial go-ahead triple and made a late defensive stop as Barangay Ginebra denied San Miguel Beer a grand slam, 100-97, on Sunday in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup at the Big Dome.
Brownlee put the Gin Kings up, 96-95, off a trey with 2:38 left in the fourth and with Ginebra protecting a slim three-point lead, he swatted away Terrence Romeo’s potential game-tying three with 13.1 seconds left. The Gin Kings held on down the stretch as Chris Ross missed a long triple.
Ginebra will face in the best-of-five semifinals the winner between twice-to-beat and top seed NLEX and NorthPort in the other quarterfinals pairing.
Brownlee fired 41 points off 15-of-25 field goal shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds while filling up the stats sheet with two steals, three blocks and an assist in 46 minutes of play. Stanley Pringle got 24 points five assists and three rebounds while LA Tenorio got 12 makers for the Gin Kings.
After Browlee's go-ahead triple, Pringle scored on a breakaway layup following a scramble with 2:11 left. SMB import John Holland sank two charities on the other end. After a Brownlee miss, Holland went all the way in a 1-on-4 play but lost the handle on his way up.
Pringle hit two foul shots for a 100-97 separation before Brownlee's defensive gem.
June Mar Fajardo got 24 points and 18 boards while Holland scored 20 for the Beermen. Mo Tautuaa finished with 12 while Alex Cabagnot and Marcio Lassiter posted 11 and 10 markers, respectively, for SMB, which played without suspended players Arwind Santos, Kelly Nabong and Ronald Tubid following a fight in practice.
Ginebra (100) --- Brownlee 41, Pringle 24, Tenorio 12, Chan 6, Aguilar 6, Slaughter 5, Thompson 4, Dela Cruz 2, Devance 0.
San Miguel (97) --- Fajardo 24, Holland 20, Tautuaa 12, Cabagnot 11, Lassiter 10, Romeo 8, Ross 7, Pessumal 3, Rosser 0.
Quarterscores: 23-23, 54-58, 78-83, 100-97.
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