Ginebra continues streak, overcomes rival Star in overtime
MANILA, Philippines－Barangay Ginebra wins the Manila Clasico once again.
Before 15,325 fans who rushed to the Big Dome for another edition of the rivalry, the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Gin Kings put up a show and dealt the Star Hotshots an overtime loss, 105-101, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday, September 3.
The two teams went back-and-forth with the lead throughout the match, both taking part of exhilarating sequences and plays much to the delight of spectators in attendance.
Down 92-95 with 2.5 seconds to go, the Hotshots sent the game into overtime as import Malcolm Hill converted all charities off a foul from the 3-point line from Japeth Aguilar.
Ginebra only pulled away during the last 5 seconds after Aguilar completed the putback for a 4-point lead.
Brownlee paced Ginebra with a game-high 33 points, 10 boards, and 5 assists, while Joe Devance and Greg Slaughter had 17 apiece.
Hill meanwhile registered a double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds to lead the way for the Hotshots.
Paul Lee tallied 22 points, including timely triples that helped Star stay in the game early on, while Mark Barroca added 14.
This edition of Manila Clasico also featured a halftime homage for the Gilas Pilipinas squads that saw action in last month’s FIBA Asia Cup as well as the Southeast Asian Games, where the country brought home the basketball gold.
Ginebra has now won 6 straight games to grab the solo lead in the elimination ladder of the season-ending conference.
The Hotshots, on the other hand, fall to a 4-2 slate. – Rappler.com