BARANGAY Ginebra flaunted its real might on Sunday as it demolished GlobalPort, 124-108, to book its first win in the PBA Governors Cup.
The Kings paraded triple towers Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, and Joe Devance up front and the deadly duo of import Justine Brownlee and LA Tenorio in the backcourt in what coach Tim Cone later described as part of the team’s way of revisiting the triangle offense.
The defending champions broke free from a tight game early on behind a huge second-quarter surge sparked by Slaughter and Tenorio to finally take control and even their record at 1-1 (win-loss).
The second loss in three outings by the Batang Pier was highlighted by a shouting match between coach Franz Pumaren and star player Stanley Pringle during a huddle in the first half, an incident that was witnessed by a decent-sized crowd in attendance at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“We visited the triangle a little bit more because the triangle is such a great post offense,” said Cone following the 16-point victory.
“So we went back to it (triangle) a little bit. What I like about the triangle is that it allows us to play with different kinds of lineups. We have a big lineup, we have a small lineup, and it allows us to do different things defensively as well,” added Cone.
“And it worked for tonight.”
Tenorio topscored with 29 points, Brownlee added 21, and Slaughter added 19 and eight rebounds in just his second game back after returning from an ACL injury after almost a year of inactivity.
The 6-11 Slaughter had 10 points in the second period when the Kings outscored the Batang Pier, 32-23, to turn a one-point advantage into a 61-51 lead at the half.
The Kings were never threatened from there, stretching their lead to as big as 107-82 in the payoff period.
“We never expected to win by a big margin. We just want to temper our expectations,” added Cone of the win that came a week after the team lost to Meralco in its opening game.
Murphy Holloway led Globalport with a double-double of 36 points and 18 rebounds, and Terrence Romeo had 25 points but was only 10-of-24 from the floor.
Pringle set aside his heated exchange of words with Pumaren to score 18 points, but refused to talk about the incident later on.
GINEBRA 124 - Tenorio 29, Brownlee 21, Slaughter 19, Devance 14, Thompson 13, Aguilar 9, Mariano 7, Cruz 4, Caguioa 4, Ellis 2, Taha 2, Jamito 0.
GLOBALPORT 108 - Holloway 36, GlobalPort 25, Pringle 18, Anthony 8, Arana 5, Maierhofer 4, Cortez 3, Pennisi 3, Aban 2, Guinto 2, Van Opstal 2, Grey 0, Ababou 0.
Quarterscores: 29-28; 61-51; 93-76; 124-108.