Same opponent, same result.
In a rematch of the PBA Governors' Cup finals, Barangay Ginebra reasserted its mastery over Meralco, 105-91, to remain unbeaten in the Philippine Cup at the Angeles University Foundation in Pampanga on Sunday, October 18.
Japeth Aguilar came off the bench and put up 20 points and 2 blocks in just 22 minutes as the Gin Kings wrapped up the first week of the season restart with their third win in as many games.
Ginebra forced a three-way tie at the top of the standings with TNT and Rain or Shine.
Stanley Pringle finished with 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists as he played a pivotal role in the Gin Kings' second-quarter breakaway with 7 points in the period.
The score was knotted at 20-20 after the opening quarter before Ginebra outscored Meralco, 31-19, to nail a 12-point halftime lead.
Jeff Chan had 12 points and 2 steals, rookie Arvin Tolentino added 11 points, while Prince Caperal chipped in 9 points in the win that saw their teammate Mark Caguioa make PBA history.
Playing for the first time in the bubble, Caguioa formally marked his 18th season, the most in league history with a single franchise, surpassing the 17 seasons set by Alvin Patrimonio (Purefoods) and Harvey Carey (TNT).
Caguioa saw action in 6 minutes and scored 2 points.
Allein Maliksi churned out 18 points off the bench for the Bolts, who suffered their second loss in 3 games.
Reynel Hugnatan had 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Baser Amer and Chris Newsome chipped in 10 points apiece in the loss.
Ginebra 105 - Aguilar 20, Pringle 16, Chan 12, Tolentino 11, Tenorio 6, Thompson 7, Mariano 8, Caperal 9, Devance 6, Dillinger 5, Balanza 3, Caguioa 2.
Meralco 91 - Maliksi 18, Hugnatan 16, Newsome 10, Amer 10, Jackson 6, Almazan 6, Black 5, Hodge 5, Quinto 4, Pinto 2, Jamito 4, Jose 3, Caram 2, Salva 0.
Quarters : 20-20, 51-39, 74-60, 105-91
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.