Ginebra pulls away late to beat Blackwater for 7th straight win
MANILA, Philippines - The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Gin Kings erupted in the final frame to tally a 98-81 victory against the Blackwater Elite for their 7th win in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday, September 8 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.
Blackwater kept pace with the streaking Ginebra for most of the match, but wasn’t able to make critical defensive stops down the stretch as Ginebra took advantage for a double-digit lead, 90-80 with 3 minutes remaining.
The Elite were hot from beyond the arc - burying 13 triples in the first 3 quarters - but missed all their attempts in the payoff period as the Gin Kings held their own defensively.
Greg Slaughter had a team-high 22 points coupled with 8 rebounds, while Justin Brownlee had 17 markers and 13 boards.
LA Tenorio and Joe Devance added 16 and 15, respectively, for the Gin Kings, who came off an epic Manila Clasico victory last Sunday.
Henry Walker put up a game-high 26 points and 17 rebounds for Blackwater, while Mike DiGregorio and Roi Sumang contributed 12 apiece.
The game also marked Dave Marcelo’s debut for Blackwater following a trade that saw him and Chris Ellis move to the side of the Elite.
The 28-year-old big man scored 4 points to go with 4 rebounds and 3 assists against his former team Ginebra.
Ellis, on the other, has yet to see action for his new squad as he is still recovering from full-body cramps, as reported by Spin.ph.
Ginebra will continue on with their 7-game streak in a quest to defend the season-ending conference title, while Blackwater drops to 4-5. －Rappler.com