Ginebra bounces back with a vengeance, vents frustration on woeful Blackwater
Charles Garcia redeems himself with a strong performance against Blackwater. Marlo Cueto

BIÑAN, Laguna - Barangay Ginebra showed how dominant it can be when near full strength as it ripped Blackwater, 105-91, for its first win in the PBA Commissioner's Cup on Friday night at the Alonte Sports Arena.

With Greg Slaughter back and Joe Devance playing through a knee injury, the Gin Kings broke the game wide open in the second quarter to coast to their first win in two games.

Charles Garcia looked more settled in Ginebra's scheme of things as he formed a towering frontline with Japeth Aguilar and Slaughter, while Kevin Ferrer provided the spark off the bench as the Gin Kings kept the Elite winless in five games.

“Well, we went out there with a big lineup. We were not quite sure if it's gonna work for us but it got us to play well together," Ginebra coach Tim Cone said.

"We got great shooting tonight from Kevin which makes a big difference. When you shoot the ball well, it makes the game a lot easier," he added. 

In a battle of winless squads, the Gin Kings and Elite fought tooth and nail in the opening period that ended with Ginebra up by just five points, before the Gin Kings turned it up a notch in the second quarter where they outscored their opponents, 32-14.

Ferrer fired all his team-high 21 points - highlighted by five triples - in the first three quarters as the sophomore wingman out of University of Santo Tomas set the tone for the blowout, while Garcia registered 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, eight boards, four assists, two steals, two blocks, and only one turnover in 37 minutes,

All the Gin Kings’ local starters scored in double figures, led by Aguilar, who registered 13 points and eight boards, scoring on a slam that gave the Gin Kings their biggest lead at 103-77 with a little less than four minutes remaining.  

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Slaughter chipped in 12 points, six boards, two assists, and one steal in 24 minutes in his first game since February.

Jarrid Famous led the Elite with 25 points, 17 boards, two assists, one steal, and one block in 43 minutes, while Roi Sumang added 18 points, seven assists, and three steals, against four turnovers in 29 minutes.

Paul Zamar’s wait was worth it was he made a solid PBA debut with 15 points – although 12 came in garbage time - four triples, six rebounds, one assist, and zero turnover in more than 21 minutes off the bench in a losing effort.

 

The scores:

GINEBRA 105 — Ferrer 21, Garcia 18, J. Aguilar 13, Slaughter 12, Thompson 11, Tenorio 10, Caguioa 8, Mercado 8, R. Aguilar 2, Devance 2, Caperal 0, Manuel 0, Mariano 0, Taha 0.

BLACKWATER 91 — Famous 25, Sumang 18, Zamar 15, Maliksi 10, Erram 8, DiGregorio 7, Belo 4, Marcelo 2, Palma 2, Cruz 0, Jose 0, Pinto 0, Sena 0

Quarterscores: 32-27, 64-41, 87-65, 105-91

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