MANILA, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra recovered from a stinging begin to the PBA Commissioner’s Cup with a vengeful 99-91 win over longtime rival Meralco on Sunday at Sensible Araneta Coliseum.
Import Justin Brownlee was considered one of six gamers in double figures with 34 factors because the Gin Kings entered the win column after a 22-point loss to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters final Wednesday.
“It was slightly bit beautiful [losing to Rain or Shine] and I feel it supplied us with a wake-up name,” mentioned coach Tim Cone.
Stanley Pringle additionally got here up massive for Ginebra with 16 factors, Scottie Thompson flirted with a triple-double, registering 15 factors, 9 rebounds and 9 assists that went with three steals.
Ginebra despatched Meralco to 0-2 within the first recreation because the two squads met in a hard-fought decider of their Philippine Cup quarterfinal sequence which the latter gained.
The Bolts had been with out Chris Newsome, who suffered a calf harm final Friday once they suffered a meltdown in a 101-95 extra time loss to the NorthPort Batang Pier.
Johnny O’Bryant posted 31 factors and 16 rebounds, however his effort was not sufficient to elevate Meralco to victory.
Meralco suffered its worst begin in an import-laced convention because the 2014 Governors’ Cup.
GINEBRA 99 — Brownlee 34, Pringle 16, Thompson 15, J.Aguilar 10, Malonzo 10, Standhardinger 10, Tenorio 4, Pessumal 0.
MERALCO 91 — O’Bryant 31, Maliksi 20, Black 14, Almazan 10, Pasaol 9, Quinto 3, Hodge 2, Banchero 2, Caram 0, Hugnatan 0.
Quarters: 26-22, 49-41, 73-65, 99-91.
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