Ginebra survives endgame collapse to stop Beermen
MANILA, Philippines - Barangay Ginebra San Miguel hung tough late in the game after blowing a double-digit advantage in the fourth to escape the San Miguel Beermen, 105-98, in the 2014 PLDT Home Telpad PBA Governors' Cup on Wednesday, June 11 at the Philsports Arena.
The Gin Kings squandered a 19-point 92-73 lead midway in the fourth, allowing San Miguel to notch a 14-2 blast that sliced the deficit to 94-87 after a June Mar Fajardo putback with 3:10 to play.
Ginebra import Zaccheus Mason, who dropped 30 points and secured 18 rebounds, attempted to pacify the run with a three-point play, 97-87, but Reggie Williams countered with a solo 5-point swing, which included a trey to make it just a 97-92 affair with 1:27 on the clock.
The Beermen's barrage turned especially dangerous for Ginebra as Ronald Tubid knocked a shot from downtown with 38.9 ticks left, which gave San Miguel only a 99-95 lead to overcome.
However, San Miguel's late fightback came too late, even after Chris Ellis muffed a couple charities, as LA Tenorio secured the crucial offensive rebound and iced the game with two free throws to finally put the Beermen away.
Tenorio paced Ginebra with 16 points and 4 assists. Greg Slaughter finished with a 19-point, 10-rebound performance, while Japeth Aguilar added 15.
Free throws cost the Beermen this game as they shot miserably from that distance, 29-of-42. While Ginebra maximized their trips to the line, going 23-of-27.
Although his team lost, Fajardo won his first real head-to-head against college rival Slaughter with a 23-point, 14-rebound explosion.
He was in tandem with Williams' 35 markers and 8 rebounds, while Sol Mercado came up with 14.
With the win, Ginebra tied leaders Talk 'N Text and San Mig Coffee for first place with a 5-2 win-loss record.
San Miguel, on the other hand, fell to 4-4.
Ginebra 105 - Mason 30, Slaughter 19, Tenorio 16, Aguilar 15, Baracael 7, Ellis 6, Caguioa 6, Helterbrand 4, Mamaril 2, Monfort 0.
San Miguel Beer 98 - Williams 37, Fajardo 23, Mercado 14, Santos 8, Tubid 7, Lutz 6, Maierhofer 2, Kramer 1, Duncil 0, Lassiter 0, Chua 0.
Quarter scores: 25-16, 49-41, 84-65, 105-98.
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