PBA Governors' Cup

Ginebra survives Rain or Shine to end elims on high note

Delfin Dioquino
Ginebra survives Rain or Shine to end elims on high note

NO GIVING UP. Christian Standhardinger and Ginebra show their never-say-die attitude against Rain or Shine.

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(1st UPDATE) Barangay Ginebra comes back from a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter to conclude the elimination round with a much-needed win

MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra banked on a terrific 21-4 finishing kick to outlast Rain or Shine in a seesaw 104-93 win in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, March 6.

Import Justin Brownlee frolicked with 25 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 blocks, and 2 steals as the Gin Kings came back from a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter to clinch their quarterfinals berth.

Enduring a four-game skid in the middle of the conference, Ginebra concluded the elimination round by winning three of its last four games to finish with a 6-5 record.

But that almost did not happen as the Elasto Painters, already eliminated from playoff contention, sought to spoil the Gin Kings’ quarterfinals pursuit.

Rain or Shine led by 6 points multiple times in the fourth quarter, the last time coming off a Jewel Ponferada three-pointer, 89-83, with eight minutes remaining.

Brownlee, though, immediately answered with an and-one play to trim their deficit to a single possession before Jeff Chan knotted the score for Ginebra at 89-89 with a booming triple.

Those 6 points opened the floodgates for the Gin Kings, who then erected a 9-0 run, with 4 points each coming from Brownlee and Scottie Thompson.

Chan, who tallied 15 points, then sank another long bomb with two minutes left as Ginebra built a 101-91 lead and Rain or Shine never recovered.

Thompson also netted 15 points to go with 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals, while Christian Standhardinger backstopped Brownlee in scoring with 20 points off the bench.

More than his scoring production, Standhardinger also played a key role in the abrupt exit of Henry Walker after forcing the Elasto Painters import to commit an offensive foul – his last – with two minutes remaining.

It was a nip-and-tuck affair from start to finish as the two teams traded leads at the end of each quarter.

Rain or Shine led 23-20 after the first period, Ginebra seized a 50-41 advantage at halftime, before the Elasto Painters entered the final quarter with a 77-73 lead.

Walker chalked up 34 points and 8 rebounds in the loss as Rain or Shine wrapped up its Governors’ Cup campaign at 10th place with a 3-8 record.

The Elasto Painters failed to advance to the playoffs for the first time since the 2018 edition of the season-ending conference.

The Scores

Barangay Ginebra 104 – Brownlee 25, Standhardinger 20, Thompson 15, Chan 15, J. Aguilar 10, Tenorio 9, Pinto 6, Onwubere 4, Tolentino 0. 

Rain or Shine 93 – Walker 34, Caracut 12, Belga 12, Mocon 8, Borboran 7, Ponferada 7, Nieto 5, Nambatac 4, Guinto 2, Norwood 2, Jackson 0, Asistio 0, Torres 0.

Quarters: 20-23, 50-41, 73-77, 104-93.

– Rappler.com

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.