Ginebra stops streaking Star behind Brownlee's 30 points
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Scottie Thompson and Justin Brownlee spearheaded a game-changing 19-point turnaround and it ultimately paved the way for Barangay Ginebra San Miguel to come away with a 113-98 win over rivals Star Hotshots on Sunday, April 9 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Ginebra dealt Star its first loss of the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup after 5 games while also improving to 2-1.
Seeing the Gin Kings trail by as much as 12, the guard-import combo sparked a rally that swiftly erased the deficit and it carried over for an 82-75 advantage entering the final frame.
While the Hotshots came out hot in the fourth, momentum had already swung permanently to the side of the Gin Kings.
Brownlee hit a game-high 30 points, 21 of which came in the second half, on top of 15 rebounds, 6 assists, two steals, and 4 blocks.
LA Tenorio scattered 21 markers while Sol Mercado contributed 15 points and 7 assists. Japeth Aguilar added 12 points and 6 rebounds as Kevin Ferrer and Thompson had 8 points each.
Thompson also collected 7 rebounds and dished out 4 assists plus a block.
Star had import Tony Mitchell rattling the rim all night long with his signature slam dunks on his way to 21 points, 9 rebounds, and two blocks.
Allein Maliksi, whose shooting grew cold in the final frame, managed 17 points while guards Paul Lee and Jio Jalalon had 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Ginebra (113): Brownlee 33, Tenorio 21, Mercado 15, Aguilar 12, Thompson 8, Ferrer 8, Devance 7, Caguioa 6, Ellis 4, Marcelo 2.
Star (98): Mitchell 22, Maliksi 17, Lee 11, Jalalon 10, Barroca 9, Ramos 7, Brondial 7, Mendoza 6, Simon 5, Reavis 4, Sangalang 0.
Quarter scores: 26-24, 51-53, 82-75, 113-98.