BARANGAY Ginebra held its ground in the face of a tough GlobalPort stand to pull off a 111-109 overtime victory in a PBA Governors Cup thriller at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Import Orlando Johnson carried Ginebra for most of regulation and overtime, but it was Mark Caguioa and Japeth Aguilar who emerged heroes when the Kings snatched the all-important win down the stretch.
Caguioa, pulled out of the bench by Ginebra coach Frankie Lim just for the final play, hit a jumper inside the lane to wrest back the lead, 109-108, with 12.3 seconds left in response to an Omar Krayem three-pointer.
On the other hand, Aguilar blocked a three-point attempt by Keith Jensen on the other end, was fouled, and made two free throws to make it 111-108, time down to 5.9 seconds.
“That was big,” Lim said after the game, referring to Aguilar’s defensive gem on Jensen and two free throws in the dying seconds.
“Sabi ko nga sa kanya in my pre-game (talk), it should boil down to the kind of effort you give in the game kasi kung medyo lalamya-lamya tayo, kakainin tayo sa laro,” he added.
Playing in just his third game since recovering from a right hamstring injury, the 6-foot-9 Aguilar finished with a double-double of of 18 points and 13 rebounds, along with four blocks.
Lim also had nice words for new Asian import Jiwan Kim as well as frontliners Dorian Pena and Greg Slaughter.
“It’s all about effort. And malaking bagay din sa amin 'yung pagdating ni Jiwan Kim kasi nagkaroon kami ng additional weapon, plus the effort given by Dorian (Pena) and Greg (Slaughter) to defend Famous. That’s pretty big for us.”
There were other heroes for Ginebra.
Johnson led Ginebra with 34 points and 13 rebounds while Jayjay Helterbrand and LA Tenorio came off the bench to add 13 and 12, respectively.
Caguioa also finished with 12 points, along with four rebounds.
Famous led the Batang Pier with PBA career-high numbers of 39 points and 28 rebounds but couldn't save the Batang Pier from falling to their third loss in seven games.
Palestinian import Omar Krayem, who sent the game into overtime with his long, three-point shot late in regulation, had 19, while Terrence Romeo added 18.
Ginebra 111 - Johnson 34, Aguilar 18, Helterbrand 13, Tenorio 12, Caguioa 12, Kim 11, Slaughter 7, Pena 2, Marcelo 2, Urbiztondo 0, Mercado 0, Brondial 0.
GlobalPort 108 - Famous 39, Krayem 19, Romeo 18, Pringle 13, Jensen 5, Mamaril 4, Semerad 3, Buenafe 3, Hayes 2, Kramer 2, Isip 0, Miranda 0.
Quarterscores: 21-25, 50-46, 78-77, 101-101, 111-108