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San Miguel's hunt for grand slam ends with loss to Ginebra

MANILA, Philippines - San Miguel's grand slam hopes are no more.

The Ginebra San Miguel prevented the San Miguel Beermen from becoming the sixth team to achieve a grand slam with an emphatic 104-84 win in the quarterfinals of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena Wednesday, September 27.

Ginebra, which led by 13 after the third quarter, broke the game wide open with back-to-back threes from Joe Devance and Sol Mercado before unleashing an 11-2 run for a 24-point lead midway the last quarter, 91-67. 

It was all Ginebra from there as it enjoyed a 102-72 lead, its largest of the game, after Scottie Thompson buried a trey with 2:39 remaining.

“Nobody saw that one coming. We just played great from start to finish. We were on our game and we used our bigs to we just to pound and pound the ball inside. We had couple of massive games from Joe Devance and Justin [Brownlee] that propelled us,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone.

Brownlee poured in a game-high 37 points, on 59 percent shooting, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead Ginebra which will face the winner between the TNT KaTropa and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. 

Devance added 17 points and 4 assists while Greg Slaughter and Sol Mercado chipped in 13 and 9 points, respectively, off the bench.

Terrence Watson and June Mar Fajardo combined for 49 points and 27 rebounds but did not have enough help from their teammates. 

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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.

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