Kings deal Bolts Fri­day the 13th loss

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS - By NEL­SON BEL­TRAN The scores: Gine­bra 102 – 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. Mer­alco 87 – Durham 27, Amer 14, Tolo­mia 10, De Ocampo 8, Hodge 8,

LU­CENA – Barangay Gine­bra in­flicted a game-long bril­liance over chal­lenger Mer­alco and turned an ex­pected Game 1 show­down to a hor­rific romp at the start of their Gov­er­nors Cup ti­tle se­ries be­fore a ca­pac­ity crowd last night at the Que­zon Con­ven­tion Cen­ter here. The Gin Kings sim­ply played their hearts out and out­gunned and out­hus­tled the rest­less Bolts to fash­ion out a 102-87 vic­tory and take the head­start in their best-of-seven ti­tle se­ries. Game 2 is slated to­mor­row at the Big Dome. Greg Slaugh­ter and Japeth Aguilar made their pres­ence felt in the shaded area, Kevin Fer­rer siz­zled from the quar­ter court and LA Teno­rio did an ef­fi­cient job at the back­court to back up Justin Brown­lee to carry the Kings to a mag­nif­i­cent start in the se­ries. Joe De­vance played tough de­fense on Allen Durham while Sol Mer­cado and Scot­tie Thomp­son pro­vided help at the back­court as the Kings picked up from where they left off in the last Gov­er­nors Cup fi­nale. Stop­ping the Bolts’ hot streak from the quar­ter­fi­nal round, the Kings will en­joy the mo­men­tum and the psy­cho­log­i­cal edge at the re­sump­tion of the cham­pi­onship se­ries over at the Smart Araneta Coli­seum to­mor­row. Brown­lee, Gine­bra’s big­gest hero in their fi­nals con­quest of Mer­alco last year, was at it in this se­ries opener, com­ing through with a su­perb all-around per­for­mance with 32 points, 19 re­bounds and six as­sists against three er­rors in 45 min­utes of ac­tion.

And fire­power was in abun­dance for Gine­bra with Aguilar, Slaugh­ter, Fer­rer and Teno­rio also de­liv­er­ing dou­ble-digit out­puts.

Hit­ting their shots from afar and on at­tacks to the bas­kets, the Kings seized con­trol early and kept the Bolts on the trail to the fin­ish.

The Kings were as ef­fi­cient on the de­fen­sive end as they con­tained key Mer­alco lo­cals Jarred Dillinger, Chris New­some, Cliff Hodge, Ranidel de Ocampo and Reynel Hug­natan.

Durham came through with his usual solid all around num­bers with 27 points, 14 re­bounds and eight as­sists, but only Baser Amer and Chris Tolo­mia were the other Bolts who put in dou­ble-digit out­puts with 14 and 10, re­spec­tively.

From an early 17-point deficit, the Bolts ac­tu­ally waged an ef­fort to trim the gap to four, 71-75, to­wards the end of the third, but the Kings went roar­ing again in the pay­off pe­riod.

Brown­lee waxed hottest at the start of the fourth, lead­ing the way in a 19-4 tear that broke the back of the Bolts.

The Kings en­joyed an early dou­ble-digit spread at 29-18 which they stretched to 17, 40-23, be­fore tak­ing the half at 49-35.

Brown­lee had had dou­ble-dou­ble num­bers at the half with 13 points and 11 re­bounds.

The Gine­bra sec­ond-string play­ers – Slaugh­ter, Fer­rer and Mark Caguioa – them­selves came out fir­ing, team­ing up with Brown­lee in the on­slaught that opened their 17-point lead.

Fer­rer knocked in two triples while Durham scored a jam off New­some to high­light the bristling run that sent their throng to early chants of “GI-NE-BRA! GI-NE-BRA!”

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