BARANGAY Ginebra survived a late Barako Bull scare, 102-82, on Friday night to clinch a semifinal berth in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Trailing most of the way, the Energy threatened in the fourth quarter as they turned a 15-point third-quarter deficit into a one-point lead halfway through period.
But the Kings regained the lead courtesy of Cedric Bozeman and Mark Caguioa, who combined for 18 points in the fourth.
Bozeman finished with a near-triple double of 28 points, 10 assists, and nine boards, while Caguioa had 22 points, five rebounds, and three assists for the Kings. Caguioa’s seven straight points clinched it for the Kings, 100-87.
Ginebra finished the elimination with a 5-4 (win-loss) record. It has yet to win back-to-back games in this conference.
Nonetheless, coach Siot Tanquingcen can now heave a sigh of relief as the Kings advanced to the next round.
“Mabuti nakapasok na kami,” said the Ginebra coach. “But we have to somehow find a way to stay in a consistent level in the next round.”
The Kings showed their inconsistency when they failed to protect a 66-51 lead halfway through the third quarter. The Energy cut the lead to three, 74-71, at the end of the period.
Turnovers proved to be the culprit. The Kings had 17 turnovers, two more than the Energy, which the latter translated to 18 turnover points.
“We turned the ball over too much,” Tanquingcen admitted. “Binigyan namin sila ng chance makahabol.”
Leroy Hickerson scored 21 points to lead the Energy, who dropped to 3-5.
Despite the loss, Barako Bull remains in the running to make it to the next round.
GINEBRA (102) -- Bozeman 28, Caguioa 22, Villanueva 11, Wilson 9, Raymundo 9, Cortez 8, Maliksi 6, Ababou 3, Maierhofer 3, Canaleta 3, Hatfield 0
BARAKO BULL (92) -- Hickerson 21, Seigle 14, Miller 12, Allado 10, Penisi 9, Tubid 7, Kramer 6, Najorda 5, Cruz 4, Salvacion 3
Quarterscores: 31-22, 54-43, 74-71, 102-92