Barangay Gine­bra out­classes Mer­alco

Manila Bulletin - - Sports - By JONAS TERRADO MER­ALCO 87 –

Game To­mor­row (Smart Araneta Coli­seum) 6:30 p.m. – Mer­alco vs Gine­bra (Gine­bra leads se­ries 1-0)

LU­CENA CITY – Barangay Gine­bra San Miguel drew first blood in their PBA Gov­er­nors’ Cup fi­nals rematch with Mer­alco Fri­day in a per­for­mance that could in­di­cate what lies ahead in a se­ries many see as a tac­ti­cal af­fair.

Gine­bra leaned on a strong start, bucked a Mer­alco up­ris­ing in the third quar­ter be­fore mak­ing a big break­away in the pay­off pe­riod on its way to a 102-87 vic­tory in the opener of the best-of-seven ti­tle show­down wit­nessed by a packed crowd at the Quezon Con­ven­tion Cen­ter.

Im­port Justin Brown­lee show­cased why he was the hero of last year’s thrilling fi­nals duel with the same team in the same con­fer­ence when he fired 32 points, most of which were pro­duced in the first and fourth pe­ri­ods to give Gine­bra a head­start in its re­main­ing hur­dle in re­tain­ing the crown.

Japeth Aguilar added 15 points and Greg Slaugh­ter had 14 points and eight re­bounds in his first fi­nals game as a pro to help the Kings set the tempo in the se­ries. LA Teno­rio pro­duced 10 points and five as­sists and Sol Mer­cado dished out eight as­sists while scor­ing seven.

Gine­bra, which forced Mer­alco to miss 15 of 17 three-point­ers in the first two quar­ters, can take a 2-0 lead Sun­day night when the two teams re­turn to the fa­mil­iar con­fines of the Smart Araneta Coli­seum in Quezon City.

Bolts re­in­form­ce­ment Allen Durham scored 27 points but strug­gled in the first half when Brown­lee put on a show with nine first quar­ter points and a 29-18 lead for the Kings.

But Durham scored 12 in the third while get­ting help from Mike Tolo­mia and Garvo Lanete as the Bolts charged back to pull within 75-71 on Tolo­mia’s four-point play with six sec­onds left in the third.

Tolo­mia’s long shot even­tu­ally went to waste as Gine­bra quickly found Slaugh­ter for a quar­ter-end­ing slam, ig­nit­ing a big fourth that saw the Kings score six more points, end­ing on a Mer­cado three for an 82-71 ad­van­tage. Brown­lee 32, Aguilar J. 15, Slaugh­ter 14, Fer­rer 11, Teno­rio 10, De­vance 9, Mer­cado 7, Caguioa 2, Thomp­son 2, Taha 0, Aguilar R. 0, Mar­i­ano 0. Durham 27, Amer 14, Tolo­mia 10, De Ocampo 8, Hodge 8, Dillinger 6, Lanete 6, New­some 6, Hug­natan 2, Caram 0.

Quar­ters: 29-18; 49-35; 77-71; 10287.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.