PBA Commissioner’s Cup

Ginebra survives all-Filipino TNT to clinch playoff berth

Delfin Dioquino
Ginebra survives all-Filipino TNT to clinch playoff berth

CLUTCH. Justin Brownlee delivers in the endgame as Ginebra secures its 42nd straight playoff appearance.

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Justin Brownlee drains the marginal free throws and finishes with a near triple-double as Ginebra outlasts a pesky TNT side that played without import Cameron Oliver

MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra punched its quarterfinal ticket in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup after seeing off a gallant challenge from all-Filipino TNT in an 89-85 win at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, November 20.

Justin Brownlee drained the marginal free throws and finished with 21 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 blocks as the Gin Kings survived a pesky Tropang Giga side that played without import Cameron Oliver.

Brownlee sank 4 of his last 6 free throws in the final 15 seconds to give Ginebra enough separation after TNT got within single possession off a Poy Erram bucket, 83-85, with a minute left.

The Tropang Giga, though, wasted several chances to steal the win following back-to-back Roger Pogoy and Mikey Williams turnovers before Brownlee pushed the Gin Kings’ lead to 5 points.

Brian Heruela sliced the TNT deficit to 85-88, but Brownlee split his charities to seal the victory as Ginebra improved to 7-2 to secure its 42nd straight playoff appearance.

Stanley Pringle posted 12 points and Scottie Thompson churned out 10 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds in the Gin Kings’ fifth straight triumph, which is now the longest active win streak.

Japeth Aguilar delivered 9 points and 12 rebounds, while Jamie Malonzo, LA Tenorio, Aljon Mariano, and Christian Standhardinger put up 8 points each for Ginebra.

Standhardinger also hauled down 12 points and dished out 4 assists in the win that saw the Gin Kings get the job done after squandering a 17-point advantage in the first quarter.

Ginebra capitalized on the absence of Oliver as it grabbed an early 29-12 lead, but gradually lost the upper hand after a fiery performance from Williams, who totaled 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Williams caught fire late in the third quarter, ending the period with 3 straight three-pointers as the Tropang Giga grabbed a 71-68 lead going into the final frame.

TNT, though, badly missed the presence of veteran guard Jayson Castro – who sprained his ankle late in the third period – as the team committed 5 of its whopping 20 turnovers in the fourth period.

Pogoy tallied 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Erram had 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks for the Tropang Giga, who absorbed their second straight loss and dropped to 4-7.

The Scores

Barangay Ginebra 89 – Brownlee 21, Pringle 12, Thompson 10, J. Aguilar 9, Tenorio 8, Mariano 8, Malonzo 8, Standhardinger 8, Gray 5, Pinto 0.

TNT 85 – M. Williams 20, Pogoy 18, Erram 16, Khobuntin 10, Castro 7, Oftana 6, K. Williams 4, Tungcab 2, Heruela 2, Ganuelas-Rosser 0, Soyud 0.

Quarters: 34-22, 53-45, 68-71, 89-85.

– 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.