BARANGAY Ginebra continued to show better chemistry with its rejigged lineup as it dismantled Kia, 120-99, to get a winning streak going in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Gin Kings banked on a blistering start and encountered token resistance from the Picanto throughout on the way to their second straight blowout victory after starting their title defense with a defeat.
Justin Brownlee stuffed the stats sheet again with 26 points, 10 boards, and seven assists in just three quarters, while Greg Slaughter thrived in a bench role for the second straight game as he chipped in 18 points, six boards, and five assists.
Mark Caguioa also flashed vintage form, tallying 16 points in less than 14 minutes for the Gin Kings, who kept the Picanto winless after four starts.
“We kind of displayed all of our weapons tonight,” Gin Kings coach Tim Cone said. “I’m really happy with the focus of our guys and sustaining it for the entire game.”
The Gin Kings’ weaponry was in full effect thanks to their ball sharing as they dished out a whopping 39 assists, 10 coming from Scottie Thompson and five more from LA Tenorio.
The Gin Kings established a cushion so insurmountable that they had the luxury to play all-Filipino in the final frame where they still led by as many as 34 points, 98-64, midway through the period.
Reden Celda led the Picanto with 21 points, four boards, and two steals in 26 minutes, while Glenn Khobuntin was the other bright spot for the Picanto with 16 points and two rebounds as Kia import Markeith Cummings was held to just 14 points on 6-of-20 shooting in 34 minutes.
GINEBRA 120 – Brownlee 26, Slaughter 18, Caguioa 16, Tenorio 10, Aguilar 9, Ferrer 9, Taha 8, Ellis 8, Cruz 6, Thompson 4, Devance 4, Jamito 2, Marcelo 0, Helterbrand 0, Mariano 0
KIA 99 – Celda 21, Khobuntin 16, Cummings 14, Revilla 9, Paniamogan 7, Corpuz 7, Nimes 6, Ballesteros 6, Camson 6, Yee 5, Elorde 2, Jaime 0, Salva 0, Deutchman 0, Galanza 0
Quarterscores: 33-18, 58-43, 92-64, 120-99