BARANGAY Ginebra got back to its winning ways after beating Alaska, 118-106, on Sunday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Justin Brownlee had 27 points on 3-of-5 shooting from threes as the Gin Kings bounced back from their loss to Phoenix Pulse last Friday to improve their mark to 5-4
Unlike in their last game against when Brownlee carried the load in the fourth quarter, the Gin Kings got a lot of help from Stanley Pringle, Japeth Aguilar, and LA Tenorio to pull off the win.
The Aces dropped to 4-5 and lost their third straight game.
Pringle had 27 points and eight assists including a highlight lay-up that increased the lead to 112-101 in the final moments of the game.
LA Tenorio had 22 points including 6 of 8 shooting from threes, a few of which came in the fourth quarter where the Gin Kings seized control after trailing by a point, 92-91. Tenorio’s three gave the Kings a double-digit lead once again, 107-97, with 2:56 left in the game.
Japeth Aguilar had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Gin Kings in the victory.
In total, 22 of the Kings’ 30 points in the fourth quarter came from players outside Brownlee.
“Big difference from this game to last game especially second half,” said Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone. “We played with a lot more fire. I thought last game, we kinda got loath into sleep that the game was easy. We had a halftime lead and we didn’t work for it.”
Chris Banchero had 29 points, while Diamon Simpson added 22 points in his first game back as the Alaska import.
Barangay Ginebra 118 – Pringle 27, Brownlee 27, Tenorio 22, J. Aguilar 22, Devance 7, Thompson 6, Slaughter 4, Mariano 3, Caperal 0.
Alaska 106 – Banchero 29, Simpson 22, Manuel 18, Casio 9, Thoss 7, Teng 7, Enciso 6, Cruz 3, Racal 3, Exciminiano 2, Pascual 0, Ayaay 0.
Quarters: 34-32; 57-52; 88-80; 118-106.