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    LA Tenorio, Sol Mercado provide spark as Ginebra claims Rain or Shine's scalp

    Aug 21, 2016
    LA Tenorio makes a difficult reverse layup off Raymond Almazan. Dante Peralta

    BARANGAY Ginebra didn’t take long to get its groove back as it rolled past Rain or Shine, 101-87, in their PBA Governors’ Cup encounter on Sunday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Hardly affected by a heartbreaking double-overtime loss to San Miguel Beer last Sunday, the Gin Kings put up a solid start and broke away from a relatively tight game down the stretch as they registered their fourth win in five games – and fifth overall in seven outings.

    The Gin Kings thus gained a share of second spot with Mahindra, while the E-Painters were stuck in the middle after falling to an even 3-3 win-loss card as they finished the game without coach Yeng Guiao after the fiery mentor was ejected for the second straight game.

    Justin Brownlee delivered with an all-around performance of 31 points, 13 boards, seven assists, and six steals, while Sol Mercado led a balanced local effort as he came off the bench to contribute 19 points, including a dagger three-pointer that took the fight out of the E-Painters.

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    “It’s been a real team effort so far,” said Gin Kings coach Tim Cone, who dedicated the win to a fellow legendary mentor in the late Baby Dalupan. “This was one of the ‘over-the-hump’ games, because we have a lot of respect for Rain or Shine. If you can beat them once in a while, it kind of tells you you’ve arrived.’”

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    “After playing San Miguel in that tough game and then coming back and beating Rain or Shine, it’s a good indication that we’re getting closer to where we want to be,” the champion coach added.

    The E-Painters kept it within single digits as they trailed by just nine points, 89-80, with still over three minutes left, but saw Mark Caguiao bury a jumper before Mercado knocked down that telling three-pointer that sparked a run that gave them their biggest lead at 18 points.

    Jeff Chan was on target with three triples on the way to scoring a team-high 19 points, but found little help from the rest of the E-Painters locals as import Dior Lowhorn fared poorly against his former team, tallying just 10 points and eight boards in 31 minutes on the floor.

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    It also didn’t help that Guiao was sent off after picking up his second technical foul after complaining on a goaltending non-call on Japeth Aguilar with less than three minutes to go.

    The scores:

    GIN 101- Brownlee 31, Mercado 19, Tenorio 15, Aguilar 14, Caguioa 6, Thompson 6, Marcelo 4, Cruz 2, Devance 2, Mariano 2

    ROS 87 – Chan 19, Cruz 11, Lowhorn 10, Tiu 9, Lee 7, Quinahan 6, Ahanmisi 5, Belga 5, Ponferrada 5, Almaan 5, Trollano 3, Norwood 2, Teng

    Quarterscores: 25-16; 48-42; 75-71; 101-87

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