PBA Commissioner’s Cup

Ginebra pulls away in 4th quarter to sink NorthPort, stays in playoff bonus hunt

Delfin Dioquino
Ginebra pulls away in 4th quarter to sink NorthPort, stays in playoff bonus hunt

EFFECTIVE. Justin Brownlee turns in an ultra-efficient performance for Barangay Ginebra.

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Justin Brownlee produces a near triple-double, while Jamie Malonzo impresses against his former team as Barangay Ginebra returns to the winning track

MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra rained threes on NorthPort to open a sizzling fourth quarter and turn a nip-and-tuck affair to a 122-105 rout in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the PhilSports Arena on Sunday, November 27.

Justin Brownlee dazzled with 31 points, 13 rebounds, and 9 assists in a near triple-double outing and hit timely buckets in the final frame as the Gin Kings improved to 8-3 and stayed in the hunt for the twice-to-beat playoff bonus.

A Ginebra loss would have allowed second seed Magnolia (9-2) to clinch the quarterfinal incentive.

The Gin Kings, though, turned it up a notch in the fourth quarter and broke a 96-96 tie with a blistering 20-5 blast laced by 4 three-pointers from Jamie Malonzo, Jeremiah Gray, and Stanley Pringle to grab a sizable 116-101 advantage.

Brownlee then capped that run with a layup and a dunk in back-to-back possessions as the Batang Pier eventually ran out of gas, churning out a measly 13 points in the last period.

A picture of efficiency, Brownlee shot a healthy 11-of-15 clip from the field and committed just a single turnover in nearly 40 minutes of action.

Malonzo backstopped Brownlee in scoring with 26 points to go with 5 blocks and 3 rebounds in his first encounter against his former team NorthPort since his trade.

Christian Standhardinger came off the bench in the win and produced all-around numbers of 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 assists, while Gray chimed 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists.

Reigning MVP Scottie Thompson put up 8 points, 9 assists, and 8 rebounds for Ginebra, which bounced back from its stunning loss to NLEX last Friday.

Included in the Malonzo trade package, former Gin Kings forward Arvin Tolentino torched his ex-team with 24 points on a 6-of-9 shooting from deep only to witness the Batang Pier come apart when it mattered the most.

NorthPort fell to 6-6 and saw its three-game winning streak halted.

Import Prince Ibeh posted 23 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 blocks in the loss, while Robert Bolick tallied 22 points and 4 assists.

The Scores

Barangay Ginebra 122 – Brownlee 31, Malonzo 26, Standhardinger 20, Gray 12, Thompson 8, J. Aguilar 7, Pringle 7, Mariano 6, Tenorio 3, Pinto 2.

NorthPort 105 – Tolentino 24, Ibeh 23, Bolick 22, Navarro 11, Chan 10, Ferrer 8, Balanza 4, Taha 3, Sumang 0.

Quarters: 27-34, 63-63, 93-92, 122-105.

– 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.