PBA Finals By the Numbers: Electrifying answer
Paul Lintag on Jan 11, 2020 01:54 PM
The series is now tied at one game each following the Bolts’ electrifying answer and here’s some numbers from that Game 2 win before a pivotal Game 3 tips off Sunday. (PBA)
You think “The Trilogy” is living up to expectations so far?
Yes, the answer is yes.
Meralco and Ginebra delivered another great game in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, this time in Lucena as both teams went all the way to Quezon province for Game 2.
The series is now tied at one game each following the Bolts’ electrifying answer and here’s some numbers from that Game 2 win before a pivotal Game 3 tips off Sunday.
Total 3-pointers fired by the Meralco Bolts, a franchise-high for a Finals game.
In a game that was pretty much dead even across all categories, Meralco’s three-point shooting, which was not present in the series opener, was the key difference in the Game 2 win.
Total Meralco players that scored at least one 3-point shot.
Baser Amer led the way with five triples while John Pinto added four, all in the opening period. Even import Allen Durham had a good shooting night from deep, nailing three triples.
Number of assists for Justin Brownlee.
All of a sudden, JB can’t drop dimes which is weird because he pretty much led the league in assists all conference long.
Game 2 would have been a the second straight Finals game where Brownlee had zero assists but a stats error in Game 1 awarded one assist to Japeth Aguilar.
That was it though. Brownlee, who averages almost seven assists per game in the Governors’ Cup, has one assist in two Finals games.
Largest lead of the night for Meralco in Game 2.
Game 2 marked the second straight game that the Bolts held a double-digit lead against Ginebra in the second half. They also almost blew one for a second straight game.
However, Meralco learned its lesson from Game 1 and they take a crucial win to make the series tied at 1-1.
Total bench points for Meralco in Game 2.
The Bolts got big games from their starters but it was the bench that pushed them to victory with John Pinto sparking a first-quarter run with 12 points on four triples.
With the Gin Kings coming back to start the second half, Nico Salva was a good pick for coach Norman Black from his bench as he dropped nine points in the quarter.
Anjo Caram and Brian Faundo also had quality minutes from the Bolts as the Meralco bench outscored that of Ginebra, 29-12.
Total 3-point shots for Justin Brownlee in his PBA career, most for any import.
Brownlee’s make 54 seconds into the first quarter put him at 326, which passed Lamont Strother’s mark of 325 to break the record. JB finished Game 2 with four triples for 35 points.
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