PBA Governors' Cup

Brownlee, Ginebra tarnish perfect Alaska record in Governors’ Cup debut

Delfin Dioquino
Brownlee, Ginebra tarnish perfect Alaska record in Governors’ Cup debut

CLUTCH. Stanley Pringle delivers down the stretch for Ginebra.

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Justin Brownlee and Ginebra open their PBA Governors' Cup title defense with a win by handing Alaska its first loss after a 2-0 start

Barangay Ginebra leaned on Justin Brownlee and Stanley Pringle late to kick off their title-retention bid in the PBA Governors’ Cup with an 80-77 win over Alaska at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig on Sunday, December 12.

Reinforcing the Gin Kings for the eighth time, Brownlee delivered his usual numbers of 28 points, including 4 big points in the final 1:10 minutes, to go with 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks as Ginebra handed the Aces’ their first loss after a 2-0 start.

Brownlee knotted the score at 73-73 before Pringle gave the Gin Kings a two-point edge with 40 second remaining off a tough turnaround jumper.

LA Tenorio also proved clutch for Ginebra, knocking down 3 of his last 4 free throws that pushed their lead to 78-75 as Alaska crumbled in the endgame.

The Aces still had a shot at tying the game but Maverick Ahanmisi and Robbie Herndon failed to connect on a pass that led to an out of bounds turnover, a head-scratching blunder considering they still had a timeout left.

Brownlee then sealed the win with a pair of free throws for a successful PBA return after nearly two years since he powered the Gin Kings to a Governors’ Cup championship.

Japeth Aguilar delivered 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson had 9 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists, while Christian Standhardinger put up 8 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists.

Pringle tallied only 7 points, but 4 of his output came in the final two minutes.

Alaska import Olu Ashaolu saw his double-double of 19 points and 18 rebounds go to waste.

Herndon had 12 points in the losing effort, while Ahanmisi and Jeron Teng tallied 10 points apiece.

The Scores

Barangay Ginebra 80 – Brownlee 28, Aguilar 11, Thompson 9, Standhardinger 8, Pringle 7, Tenorio 6, Tolentino 5, Onwubere 2, Salado 2, Caperal 2.

Alaska 77 – Ashaolu 19, Herndon 12, Ahanmisi 10, Teng 10, Taha 9, Brondial 4, Tratter 3, Adamos 3, Racal 3, Digregorio 2, Tolomia 2, Stockton 0.

Quarters: 14-18, 34-38, 56-59, 80-77.

– 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.