BATANGAS CITY – Barangay Ginebra defeated NLEX, 100-85, on Sunday night in Stanley Pringle’s first game as a Gin King in a PBA Commissioner’s Cup out-of-town game.
Justin Brownlee had 37 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and five steals for the Gin Kings, who improved to 4-3 (win-loss) after winning their second consecutive game in oven-hot conditions at the Batangas City Coliseum.
Pringle also did his part, contributing 16 points and eight rebounds in his first game since being acquired by Ginebra from NorthPort in exchange for the trio of Sol Mercado, Jervy Cruz and Kevin Ferrer.
It was also hot inside the Batangas City Coliseum that league thought of calling off the game due to the slippery floor that caused players to slip and slide in the first half of the match.
NLEX dropped to 1-7 on the eve of star player Kiefer Ravena's return to practice from a Fiba doping ban.
“It was tough conditions tonight playing the second game. The first game is always a lot safer than the second game because of the crowd and all the humidity starts to get worse, the floor gets more slippery. That’s always my experience playing in out-of-town games when there are two games,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone.
“Just glad to be able to come through it. We came out well in the third quarter. Justin and Stanley started playing well together and that’s something we envision,” Cone said.
Poy Erram led the way with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Tony Mitchell added 17 points for the Road Warriors.
Ginebra 100 – Brownlee 37, Pringle 16, Tenorio 11, Slaughter 10, J. Aguilar 8, Caperal 4, Mariano 4, Caguioa 4, Thompson 3, Devance 3, Sargent 0.
NLEX 85 – Erram 20, Mitchell 17, Ighalo 13, Cruz 12, Quinahan 6, Galanza 6, Soyud 3, Taulava 3, Tiongson 2, Baguio 2, Lao 1, Rios 0, Varilla 0, Paniamogan 0.
Quarters: 27-17; 50-42; 80-63; 100-85.