PBA Finals By the Numbers: All smiles for the Barangay
Paul Lintag on Jan 16, 2020 12:57 PM
The Gin Kings pounded on the wounded Meralco Bolts in Game 4 and put a stranglehold in the best-of-7 titular showdown. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
"The Trilogy" is looking a lot like a trifecta for Barangay Ginebra.
The Gin Kings pounded on the wounded Meralco Bolts in Game 4 and put a stranglehold in the best-of-7 titular showdown.
Ginebra now leads the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup, 3-1, and can close on Friday.
So this could be the penultimate By the Numbers of the season guys. With that being said, let's hop right into it.
Largest lead of the series for any team.
The Gin Kings showed no mercy on the Bolts in Game 4, truly pulling away in the second half.
Ginebra laid the groundwork in the second quarter, breaking away from a 14-all opening period. But once the second half rolled, as was the case in Game 3, Ginebra's overwhelming offense just took over.
Total points for Justin Brownlee, not the Best Import in the 2019 Governors' Cup.
JB made a statement in Game 4, leading Ginebra's charge with 27 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, five streals, and four blocks.
Brownlee's 15 points in the second quarter sparked the Gin Kings' uprising. JB may have missed out on a second Best Import award but he's closing in on a fourth PBA title.
Total rebounds for Allen Durham, the now three-time Best Import for Meralco in the Governors' Cup.
In a game described as an embarrassment by Meralco, AD still put in the work as best as he could, pouring 21 points and 27 rebounds in the loss.
Not enough for a series-tying win though and Durham now has to go for more in hopes of extending this series for the Bolts.
Total Best Import awards for Allen Durham, second most in league history.
Only Bobby Parks Sr., the man the award was named after, has more. Parks Sr. won an incredible seven Best Import awards in his PBA career.
Total three-point field goals for Meralco. Two games after setting a franchise best 16 triples in the Finals, it looks like the Bolts suddenly ran out of bullets.
In a game where both Ginebra and Meralco connected on 29 two-point field goals each and combined to make just 14 free throws, the 3-point disparity is telling in terms of scoring.
Ginebra made nine treys on 29 attempts. Meralco only had three on 26 attempts, and two of those makes were courtesy of Durham, who is supposed to be dominating a different side of the court.
Back-to-back wins for Gin Kings in Games 3 and 4 of this series is the first time either team won back-to-back games in a Ginebra-Meralco Finals since the first one.
In 2016, Ginebra won three straight from Games 4-6 to claim the title. Both teams just traded wins in 2017, with Ginebra winning all the odd-numbered games for back-to-back championships.
The Gin Kings go for a similar trifecta in Game 5 again to win a third Governors' Cup title in four seasons.
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