JUSTIN Brownlee had 46 points, but Barangay Ginebra needed a go-ahead basket by LA Tenorio to pull off a come-from-behind 107-103 win over Magnolia on Wednesday in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Kings stormed back from a 19-point deficit thanks to the heroics of Brownlee and Tenorio, who hit a floater with 14.9 seconds left in the game to extend the semifinal series.
Ginebra still trails the series, 2-1, but the Kings can go for the tie on Friday.
“We are proud to represent the NSD (never-say-die),” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone shortly after the Game Three win.
The Kings looked like a team on the verge of being dethroned as the two-time Governors’ Cup titlist after trailing, 34-15, in the first half.
Ginebra though made its move in the third period where the Kings outscored the Hotshots, 37-23. The Kings weren’t able to get the lead due to a buzzer-beating three by Mark Barroca, 81-79.
The Kings pulled away with an 8-0 start to the fourth with Tenorio hitting back-to-back lay-ups for an 87-81 lead that eventually became 11, 100-89, with 5:08 left in the fourth after Magnolia coach Chito Victolero was thrown out of the game for throwing the ball at the referees.
The Hotshots closed the gap following the ejection of their coach and even took the lead, 103-101, on a basket by Romeo Travis with 53 seconds left in the game. Ginebra quickly answered on a putback by Scottie Thompson.
The Kings got an opportunity to win the game after Paul Lee missed on a three-pointer, setting the heroics of Tenorio, who finished the game with 14 points.
Lee had 17 points, while Ian Sangalang had 16 points but Magnolia sorely missed the production of import Romeo Travis, who had a PBA career-low 12 points and only had six points entering the fourth period.
Mark Barroca lit up a late second-quarter run by the Hotshots to finish with 12 of his team-high 19 points in the first half but it was not enough.
GINEBRA 107 – Brownlee 46, Thompson 15, Tenorio 14, J. Aguilar 11, Devance 8, Chan 5, Mercado 3, Slaughter 3, Mariano 2, Caperal 0, Ferrer 0.
MAGNOLIA 103 – Barroca 19, Lee 17, Sangalang 16, Travis 12, Jalalon 10, Brondial 10, Dela Rosa 8, Simon 5, Melton 3, Reavis 3, Herndon 0, Gamalinda 0.
Quarters: 23-22; 42-58; 79-81; 107-103.