Ginebra rains 3-pointers late to topple pesky Alaska

Delfin Dioquino
Ginebra rains 3-pointers late to topple pesky Alaska
Justin Brownlee, Stanley Pringle, LA Tenorio, and Japeth Aguilar all breach the 20-point mark as the Gin Kings bounce back from a loss

MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra returned to the winning track in style with a three-point barrage late to turn back Alaska, 118-106, in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, June 30. 

LA Tenorio and Joe Devance drained 3 big triples in the final 2:30 minutes as the Gin Kings survived a gallant stand from the Aces to pick up their fifth win in 9 games. 

Import Justin Brownlee paced Ginebra anew with 27 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 blocks, while Stanley Pringle continued to find his niche with his new team after submitting 27 points, 8 assists, and 2 steals. 

But it was Tenorio who shone in the endgame as he gave his side a 110-99 lead off a trey before dashing any hopes of an Alaska comeback by connecting again from long distance with 40 seconds left. 

Tenorio finished with 22 points – with 9 coming in the final frame – while Japeth Aguilar chalked up 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks in the victory. 

Devance added 7 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals for the Gin Kings, as Scottie Thompson chipped in 6 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. 

Diamon Simpson returned as import for the Aces and put up 22 points, 22 rebounds, and 2 steals, but his comeback did not quite go as planned as his team suffered its third straight loss for a 4-5 card.

Leading Alaska in scoring was Chris Banchero, who fired 29 points and 4 assists, while Vic Manuel added 18 points in the losing effort.

The Scores

Ginebra 118 – Brownlee 27, Pringle 27, Tenorio 22, Aguilar 22, Devance 7, Thompson 6, Slaughter 4, Mariano 3, Caperal 0.

Alaska 106 – Banchero 29, Simpson 22, Manuel 18, Casio 9, Thoss 7, Teng 7, Enciso 6, Racal 3, Cruz 3, Exciminiano 2, Pascual 0, Ayaay 0.

Quarters: 34-32, 57-52, 88-80, 118-106

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.