BARANGAY Ginebra put a disappointing end to TNT KaTropa's campaign in the PBA Governors Cup with an emphatic 112-93 victory on Sunday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Already assured of the top seed in the playoffs owing to Phoenix’s win over Blackwater in the day's opening game, Ginebra did not let up and ended the eliminations with a ninth win in 11 games.
The top-seeded Kings will now face eighth-seed NLEX in the quarterfinals with the two-time reigning champions holding twice-to-beat advantage.
The loss ended a tumultuous campaign that saw the KaTropa win just four of 11 games while dealing with a coaching change in mid-stream.
Ginebra coach Tim Cone noted the importance of winning the match even though it was practically a no-bearing game for the Kings.
“We certainly didn’t want to limp into the playoffs. We want to make sure that we go in at full speed,” Cone said. “That was our goal today. It wasn’t really about winning as much as it was making sure that we prepare for the playoffs.”
Justin Bronwlee completed a triple-double with his 31 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 assists for the Kings. An emphatic dunk over TNT import Marqus Blakely put Ginebra ahead, 65-55, and practically stole the thunder from the KaTropa.
Greg Slaughter added 25 points for the Kings including 10 in the fourth quarter in a game where the Kings led by as many as 22 points at one point.
Blakely had 23 points and 15 rebounds in what turned out to be TNT's last game of the season.
Ginebra 112 – Brownlee 31, Slaughter 25, Thompson 11, J. Aguilar 10, Ferrer 9, Mariano 9, Tenorio 7, Mercado 4, Chan 3, Dela Cruz 3, Manuel 0, Caperal 0, R. Aguilar 0, Caguioa 0.
TNT 93 – Blakely 23, Pogoy 22, Castro 12, Rosario 11, Reyes 8, Cruz 7, Trollano 4, Carey 2, Williams 2, Tamsi 2, Golla 0, Garcia 0, Paredes 0, Taha 0.
Quarters: 24-22; 54-45; 82-69; 112-93.