BARANGAY Ginebra’s balanced attack trumped GlobalPort’s hot outside shooting as the Gin Kings rolled to a 113-96 decision in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Justin Brownlee went cramp-free this time as he led seven players who scored in twin digits for the Gin Kings, who banked on a third-quarter turnaround to negate the Batang Pier’s 17 three-pointers.
The Gin Kings atoned for their three-point loss to Phoenix in Davao last Saturday as they kept the Batang Pier winless after three outings.
“It looked like we had a championship hangover without winning a championship, which is really bad,” Gin Kings coach Tim Cone said of his team’s sluggish start. “You’re only allowed championship hangovers when you win a championship.”
“We just not have been active over these last two games until that third quarter,” the champion coach added.
Coming off a Fuel Masters loss where he had to leave with still over seven minutes left due to cramps, Brownlee finished the game this time, scattering 20 of his 29 points in the third quarter where the Gin Kings outscored the Batang Pier, 34-17, to turn the game around.
Brownlee completed an all-around effort with eight boards, seven assists, four steals, and two blocks in almost 38 minutes on the florr.
LA Tenorio led the locals with 15 points, the last two on a layup off a blow-by against GlobalPort import Sean Williams, along with six boards, four assists, and two steals in 36 minutes.
Sol Mercado made the most after missing the Gin Kings’ conference debut as he registered 13 points, five assists, and four rebounds, without committing a single turnover in 25 minutes off the bench.
Japeth Aguilar also chipped in 13 points and finished with a double-double with 11 boards, along with four assists, and two blocks.
Scottie Thompson and Joe Devance were the other players who reached double-figure scoring for the Gin Kings, whose final score ended up to be their biggest lead, completing a huge 30-point turnaround.
Stanley Pringle and newcomer Dylan Ababou led the Batang Pier’s early barrage from long range, knocking down five triples apiece that went for naught.
GINEBRA 113 – Brownlee 29, Tenorio 15, Aguilar 13, Mercado 13, Ferrer 13, Thompson 10, Devance 10, Marcelo 6, Caguioa 4, Jamito 0, Cruz 0, Ellis 0
GLOBALPORT 96 – Pringle 29, Ababou 17, Romeo 14, Williams 13, Quinahan 11, Cortez 4, Pessumal 3, Aban 3, Mamaril 2, Maierhofer 0, Pannisi 0, Forrester 0
Quarterscores: 23-24, 51-58, 85-75, 113-96