BARANGAY Ginebra took no chances on Friday night, putting on a masterclass in a 116-98 rout of GlobalPort on Friday to seal its place in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals.
Scottie Thompson finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists for his fourth career triple-double as the Kings finished the eliminations at 6-5 and assured themselves of a place in the playoffs.
Justin Brownlee had 36 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, and four steals for Ginebra, which opened a 7-0 gap to start the game and never looked back to end the elims on a five-game win streak.
“I’m much better playing in the best-of-three than twice-to-win. It’s a big, huge difference,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone as he praised his team from digging itself out of a 1-5 hole.
“I’m really proud of the guys for not getting down when we were down 1-5.”
The Batang Pier dropped to 5-6 and will be in a twice-to-beat disadvantage when they enter the quarterfinals at either the seventh or eighth spot.
After scoring 50 points in their previous match, GlobalPort star guard Stanley Pringle was limited to 14 points by the Ginebra defense.
Japeth Aguilar and Joe Devance had 19 and 16 points respectively, while LA Tenorio scored 11 points and dished out nine assists.
Malcolm White had 19 points and nine rebounds, while Mo Tautuaa had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Batang Pier.
Ginebra 116 – Brownlee 36, J. Aguilar 19, Devance 16, Tenorio 11, Thompson 10, Slaughter 8, Ferrer 4, Chan 4, Mercado 3, Cruz 3, Caguioa 2, Manuel 0, Caperal 0.
GlobalPort 98 – White 19, Tautuaa 15, Pringle 14, Anthony 14, Taha 10, Grey 6, Espinas 6, Elorde 4, Guinto 4, Teng 3, Arana 3, Javelona 0, Flores 0.
Quarters: 30-25; 58-45; 88-72; 116-98.