Ginebra overpowers Columbian to snap skid

Delfin Dioquino
Greg Slaughter and Scottie Thompson combine for 31 points, 26 rebounds and 10 assists for the Gin Kings

REBOUNDING MACHINE. Scottie Thompson grabs 14 rebounds as Ginebra imposes its will over Columbian. Photo from PBA Images

ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra vented its frustrations from a two-game skid and trounced Columbian, 97-85, in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Center here on Saturday, February 2. 

Greg Slaughter dominated in the paint while Scottie Thompson delivered all-around numbers as the Gin Kings pulled away in the middle quarters to return to the winning column and improve to 2-2. 

Slaughter poured in a team-high 22 points on top of 12 rebounds and 5 assists while Thompson grabbed a whopping 14 boards to go with 9 markers and 5 dimes to form an inside-outside combo for the resurgent Ginebra. 

It was still a nip-and-tuck battle after the maiden period with the Dyip trailing by just 3 points, 24-27, before the Gin Kings found an opening in the 2nd quarter and headed into halftime with a 55-44 lead. 

Ginebra didn’t relinquish its grasp of the upper hand and even stretched the gap to as wide as 20 points, 97-77. 

Joe Devance finished with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists off the bench while Kevin Ferrer thrived in a starting role with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in the win.

Japeth Aguilar delivered 11 points and 7 rebounds for Ginebra but played only 18 minutes – all in the first half – after spraining his ankle. 

Top pick CJ Perez topscored with 25 points to go with 7 rebounds and 2 steals only to witness the Dyip crash to their second straight loss for a 2-3 card. 

The Scores

Ginebra 97 – Slaughter 22, Devance 15, Ferrer 13, Aguilar 11, Thompson 9, Mercado 9, Dela Cruz 7, Tenorio 5, Mariano 4, Chan 2, Caperal 0, Teodoro 0.

Columbian 85 – Perez 25, Corpuz 20, Camson 9, Khobuntin 7, Agovida 6, McCarthy 5, Reyes 5, Faundo 4, Gabriel 2, Calvo 2, Cahilig 0, Cabrera 0, Escoto 0.

Quarters: 27-24, 55-44, 76-59, 97-85.


Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.