PBA Philippine Cup

Ginebra dispatches TNT in Game 5, captures PH Cup title

Delfin Dioquino
Ginebra dispatches TNT in Game 5, captures PH Cup title

DOMINANT. Japeth Aguilar leads Barangay Ginebra to its first All-Filipino title under head coach Tim Cone.

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(UPDATED) Barangay Ginebra wraps up the PBA finals in 5 games to finally nail the crown jewel of all 3 championships for the first time since 2007

Japeth Aguilar played like a man possessed and keyed Barangay Ginebra to its first PBA Philippine Cup title since 2007 with an 82-78 win over TNT at the Angeles University Foundation in Pampanga on Wednesday, December 9.

Aguilar finished with a career-high tying 32 points on top of 8 rebounds and 3 steals as the Gin Kings wrapped up the best-of-seven series in 5 games to finally capture the crown jewel of all 3 PBA championships.

TNT threatened to force a Game 6 after leading 73-68 off back-to-back Simon Enciso triples with 5 minutes left but Ginebra answered with a 12-0 run highlighted by an Aguilar alley-oop slam for the win.

Shut down through the first 3 quarters, Stanley Pringle sank two straight triples to give the Gin Kings the upper hand before LA Tenorio assisted Aguilar and Joe Devance for an 80-73 lead with a minute remaining.

Pringle finished with 13 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds, while Tenorio chalked up 10 points and 6 assists en route to clinching his fourth Finals Most Valuable Player honors.

Scottie Thompson added 6 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists for Ginebra, which won its 13th championship to tie the storied Crispa franchise for third-most titles in PBA history.

“Little bit of an unreal, kind of a surreal feeling being here. Everything is different – the celebration is different, the awarding is different,” said Gin Kings head coach Tim Cone, who won his 23rd PBA crown in the league bubble.

“It is just a very different experience. But our guys really battled for this.”

Roger Pogoy once again led the way for the Tropang Giga with 23 points and 8 rebounds, but the absences of injured star players Jayson Castro and Ray Parks certainly took a toll on the team.

Poy Erram had 18 points, 15 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 steals, Simon Enciso had 17 points and 5 assists, while Troy Rosario chimed in 12 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

It was another heartbreaking conference for TNT, which has not won a championship since 2015.

The Scores

Barangay Ginebra 82 – Aguilar 32, Pringle 13, Tenorio 10, Dillinger 8, Thompson 6, Mariano 5, Devance 2, Caperal 3, Chan 3, Tolentino 0.

TNT 78 – Pogoy 23, Erram 18, Enciso 17, Rosario 12, De Leon 6, Vosotros 2, Washington 0, Montalbo 0, Reyes 0, Carey 0.

Quarters: 19-19, 38-36, 55-56, 82-78.

– 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.