BARANGAY Ginebra rode a triple-double from Scottie Thompson to its third straight victory at the expense of Columbian Dyip, 135-108, on Wednesday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Thompson compiled 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his third career triple double as a Ginebra team that once looked in danger of an early exit moved up to a share of sixth place with Magnolia and GlobalPort on 4-5 records.
Justin Brownlee added 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Japeth Aguilar had 19 points, including seven points in a 12-2 run at the end of the second quarter that enabled Ginebra to pull away after a slow start.
“They jumped out on us. They hit their shots early. We were a little panicky early in the game. Our defense kinda settled in,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone.
Kevin Ferrer scored 18 points while LA Tenorio added 18 points and 10 assists for Barangay Ginebra, which played for the first time since making two trades that brought in veteran Jeff Chan and Julian Sargent.
John Fields had 30 points and 16 rebounds for the Dyip, but got hurt in the third quarter following an awkward landing on his right knee. He was able to return to the game.
With the loss, Columbian slipped to ninth place with a 4-6 card in a tie with Phoenix.
Ginebra 134 – Brownlee 24, Aguilar 19, Ferrer 18, Tenorio 16, Thompson 12, Slaughter 10, Caguioa 8, Mercado 7, Mariano 5, Devance 5, Chan 4, Cruz 4, Caperal 2, Manuel 0.
Columbian 107 – Fields 30, McCarthy 17, Tubid 15, Khobuntin 14, King 14, Escoto 11, Celda 2, Corpuz 2, Ababou 0, Cahilig 0, Camson 0, Sara 0.
Quarters: 30-29; 62-49; 97-76; 134-107.