PBA Finals By the Numbers: First act of ‘The Trilogy” goes to Ginebra
Paul Lintag on Jan 08, 2020 12:27 PM
(Photo by Arvin Lim)
Opening act of “The Trilogy” goes to Barangay Ginebra.
The Gin Kings delivered on both ends late as they once again frustrated Meralco, scoring a pulsating Game 1 win in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.
Looks like Ginebra-Meralco III will be just as good as the first two, perhaps even better. A By the Numbers look before we go to Game 2 in Lucena.
Largest deficit of the night for Barangay Ginebra.
In a back-and-forth affair, the Bolts took control in the second half and got a 10-point lead in the third.
Too bad Justin Brownlee is Superman and JB helped set up Ginebra’s charge in the fourth to take the win.
Total points for Justin Brownlee.
Ginebra’s super import did super import things in Game 1, shooting 48 percent from the field as he almost single-handedly kept Ginebra in it all game long.
To add for his 38 points, JB also had 16 rebounds. However, he did have zero assists, which is a little weird since Brownlee has been dropping dimes all tournament long, averaging 7.2 a game.
Local Gin Kings who cracked double figures in Game 1.
Support was minimal behind Brownlee but Ginebra locals got it done when it counted. Japeth Aguilar (16 points) made plays on both ends, including the game-saving block on Allen Durham, while LA Tenorio (14 points) hit a couple of clutch reverse layups to answer every Meralco rally.
Making his Finals debut, Stanley Pringle (10 points) was the last Gin King in double figures.
Total 20-point scorers for Meralco in Game 1.
Allen Durham had a 25-point triple-double, Chris Newsome was good for 24, and Raymond Almazan made his Meralco Finals debut with a 20-point double-double.
And yet the Bolts still somehow lost.
Shooting will have to get better for Meralco moving forward, the team shot just 21 percent from deep and 38 percent overall. Ginebra was just slightly better at 25 percent from three and 44 percent overall. The Gin Kings made one more basket and two more free throws compared to Meralco.
In such a close series, a basket or two will be the difference. That’s exactly how it went in Game 1.
Finals game wins for Ginebra over Meralco.
Game 1 of the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals was the 14th Finals game in four seasons in this rivalry.
The Gin Kings now have nine wins compared to just five for the Bolts. Ginebra has also won Game 1 of the second straight time in “The Trilogy” and they haven’t trailed since being down 1-2 in the 2016 Finals.
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