GINEBRA rolled to its fifth straight victory after clobbering Phoenix, 105-92, in the PBA Governors' Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday.
The red-hot Gin Kings grabbed a share of the lead with Meralco on identical 5-1 win-loss records while adding to the misery of the Fuel Masters, who absorbed a seventh straight loss after winning their first two matches.
"We were frustrated at halftime. We were a little sloppy. In the third quarter we were focused defensively, we made stops. That was pretty much the story of the game," said Ginebra coach Tim Cone.
Import Justin Brownlee led Ginebra's attack with an all-around outing of 24 points, 17 rebounds, five assists, four steals, and two blocks.
Japeth Aguilar set the tone early by scoring 15 of points in the first half. He went on to finish with 19 markers and 13 boards while providing a towering defensive presence down low with four blocks.
Joe Devance added 14 points, nine of them coming in the third quarter Ginebra kicked its offense into high gear.
After a tight first half, the Gin Kings broke free in the third period, outscoring the Fuel Masters 32-18 to take an 85-68 lead heading into the payoff quarter.
Phoenix found some energy to stage a semblance of a comeback in the fourth period, slicing the deficit to 13 points, 77-90, on Brandon Brown's three-point play, with 7:38 left.
But baskets by Brownlee and Greg Slaughter allowed Ginebra to put out the threat.
Brown saw a 26-point, 18-rebound, two-assist, four-steal, and four block outing for Phoenix go down the drain. Matthew Wright added 21 points.