PBA Commissioner’s Cup

Brownlee, Ginebra bounce back to keep Meralco winless

Delfin Dioquino
Brownlee, Ginebra bounce back to keep Meralco winless

DO IT ALL. Scottie Thompson flirts with a triple-double in an impressive bounce-back performance for Ginebra.

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Barangay Ginebra cracks the winning column after a stunning 22-point loss to Rain or Shine in its PBA Commissioner's Cup opener

MANILA, Philippines – Justin Brownlee knocked down key buckets late to lift Barangay Ginebra to a 99-91 win over Meralco in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, October 2.

Brownlee scored 8 of his game-high 34 points in the final two minutes as the Gin Kings cracked the winning column after a stunning 22-point loss to Rain or Shine in their conference opener.

The Bolts trailed by just 6 points down the stretch but failed to get closer no thanks to some timely buckets from Brownlee, who shot 45% from the field after shooting a poor 7-of-25 clip against the Elasto Painters.

Reigning MVP Scottie Thompson also rebounded from his one-point outing against Rain or Shine and flirted with a triple-double, posting 15 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists, and 3 steals.

Stanley Pringle added 16 points in the win, 9 points coming in the second quarter as he connived with Justin Brownlee to give Ginebra a 49-41 halftime lead.

Meralco gained the upper hand midway through the third period off an Alvin Pasaol triple, 61-60, but Thompson tallied 6 points in a 13-4 run for a 73-65 advantage.

Japeth Aguilar had 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks for the Gin Kings, while Jamie Malonzo made his presence felt with 10 points and 6 rebounds in just his second game with his new squad.

Firing blanks in a tough loss to NorthPort, Bolts import Johnny O’Bryant shot better from the field and finished with 31 points on 12-of-22 shooting to go with 16 rebounds, but Meralco just could not get the job done.

According to PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon, the loss marked the Bolts’ first 0-2 start in an import conference since the 2014 Governors’ Cup.

Allein Maliksi netted 20 points and Aaron Black put up 14 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals for Meralco, which badly missed the services of injured guard Chris Newsome.

Newsome sat out after suffering a calf injury against the Batang Pier.

The Scores

Barangay Ginebra 99 – Brownlee 34, Pringle 16, Thompson 15, J. Aguilar 10, Malonzo 10, Standhardinger 10, Tenorio 4, Pessumal 0.

Meralco 91 – O’Bryant 31, Maliksi 20, Black 14, Almazan 10, Pasaol 9, Quinto 3, Hodge 2, Banchero 2, Caram 0, Hugnatan 0.

Quarters: 26-22, 49-41, 73-65, 99-91.

– Rappler.com

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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.