PBA Finals By the Numbers: Halfway there for Ginebra
Paul Lintag on Jan 13, 2020 04:03 PM
The back-and-forth continues with the barangay regaining series lead with Sunday’s Game 3 win. (Photo by Josh Albelda)
Things are heating up in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals between Ginebra and Meralco.
The back-and-forth continues with the barangay regaining series lead with Sunday’s Game 3 win. While it was a strong performance for the Gin Kings, it wasn’t all smooth sailing in the end.
Before Game 4 comes around, a quick By the Numbers look in Game 3 of “The Trilogy.”
Total points for Stanley Pringle in the third quarter.
Now we see why the Gin Kings added a super weapon in Pringle. To start the second half of Game 3, Stanley outscored the Bolts by himself, 17-16, as Ginebra took control of the game and the series.
Ginebra’s 35-16 third quarter pretty much carried the team to a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7.
Total blocks for Japeth Aguilar in Game 3, second-most in his PBA career.
Japeth’s defense has been crucial for Ginebra in this series. His game-saving block in Game 1 got the Gin Kings a win and his seven blocks in Game 3 also got his team a victory.
Total assists for Justin Brownlee.
After having just one assist for the first two games of the Finals, Brownlee was dropping dimes all over in Game 3 as he once again flirted with another triple-double.
Two of his assists were crucial, with the Bolts in the middle of a comeback, JB found LA Tenorio for a booming three that gave Ginebra a 90-82 lead. In the final 30 seconds, Brownlee also found Japeth Aguilar off a pick-and-roll for the game’s final score.
Total points from Meralco’s three key additions in the Finals against Ginebra.
Raymond Almazan, Allein Maliksi, and Bong Quinto all scored two points each in Game 3, which is obviously not enough for the Bolts.
Quinto and Maliksi are struggling putting the ball through the hoop while Almazan, a big contributor in the first two games, left Game 3 early with a knee injury.
Meralco is having surprise spot productions from guys like John Pinto, Nico Salva, Brian Faundo, and Trevis Jackson but getting buckets from guys playing actual heavy minutes would be nice.
Largest lead for Ginebra in Game 3, which is largest in this series so far as well.
The Gin Kings’ offense was cooking in the third quarter of Game 3, turning a one-point defensive slugfest into a blowout.
Ginebra slowed down in the fourth as Meralco’s defense kicked in but the Gin Kings’ explosion is still proof that great offense can and will get buckets on a great defense.
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