MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Barangay Ginebra San Miguel uncorked all of its frustrations and pounded the hapless Meralco Bolts, 89-64, for just its second win in the 2016 PBA Philippine Cup on Tuesday, November 17, at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.
Coming off a disappointing blowout loss to San Miguel Beer on Sunday, November 15, the Gin Kings emerged energized and determined Tuesday night on the road and sent the Bolts crashing to their 5th straight loss.
Ginebra “Twin Towers” Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar had 18 points apiece in a productive night where they finally had help from the rest of their teammates.
Slaughter also had 14 rebounds, three assists, and a steal, while Aguilar battled foul trouble but still added six boards and a block.
Nico Salva served as the much-needed spark off the bench for Ginebra, especially in the first quarter, as he snapped the team’s 3-point slump with a triple at the 3:56 mark of that frame. Before then, the Gin Kings missed all of their 3-pointers since their Alaska match in Dubai on November 7.
The former Ateneo stalwart finished with 11 points and five rebounds, while Joe Devance added eight markers and three assists. Guards LA Tenorio, Mark Caguioa, and Sol Mercado chipped in seven points apiece for balanced offense from Ginebra.
Ginebra displayed what it can do on both ends of the floor in a 20-8 second quarter before ultimately breaking the game wide open in the third for a 70-41 advantage entering the fourth. They notched their biggest lead of the ballgame at 72-41 early in the payoff period on a Mercado basket.
Sniper Gary David quieted down after a 40-point night Sunday but still wound up with a team-high 18 points, five rebounds, and two steals. Rookie Chris Newsome had 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals, while big man Rabeh Al-Hussaini scored 13 and grabbed five boards.
The Kings, which have been underperforming as they struggle to master a new system under 18-time champion coach Tim Cone, finally ended their 3-point drought and rose to a 2-3 record.
Meralco remains the only winless team of the all-Filipino conference. – Rappler.com
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