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PBA: Brownlee, Ginebra turn lights off on Meralco anew

Justin Brownlee continues to be a thorn on the side of Meralco, even now in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Stuffing the stat sheet with 36 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and three steals, Brownlee led Ginebra’s super surge in the third quarter to run away from the Bolts, 104-90, on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. Just like he has been in the last two Finals of the Governor’s Cup, the Gin Kings’ American reinforcement was an unsolvable riddle for Meralco. He definitely wasn’t working alone, though, as the crowd darlings had five different players contributing in an 18-2 run bridging the second and third quarters that increased a one-point lead to a 71-56 advantage. “We were able to come out and throw our punch in the third quarter,” a much more gleeful than usual head coach Tim Cone said. Of course, the Bolts didn’t quit and back-to-back threes from Baser Amer and Chris Newsome pulled them to just within 81-87 inside the last five minutes. Yet again, however, Brownlee had the answer for Ginebra and his assist to an LA Tenorio triple followed by a dunk from a Tenorio dish re-established a 92-81 edge for them. “It really came down to that LA shot in the corner. We were on our heels until that big shot,” Cone said. That double-digit lead would stay the rest of the way, cementing the crowd darlings’ sweep of the best-of-three quarterfinals against Meralco. In the end, Tenorio had 11 points and five assists to his name while Greg Slaughter also added a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double. The Gin Kings now await the winner in the do-or-die matchup between Rain or Shine and Globalport on Thursday. For the Bolts, Arinze Onuaku was atop the scoring column with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Newsome and Amer chipped in 17 and 11 points, respectively, in the losing effort. BOX SCORES GINEBRA 104 – Brownlee 36, Slaughter 14, Tenorio 11, Aguilar 10, Mercado 9, Devance 8, Thompson 4, Ferrer 2, Caguioa 2, Mariano 0, Manuel 0. MERALCO 90 – Onuaku 21, Newsome 17, Amer 11, Hugnatan 10, Caram 6, Dillinger 6, De Ocampo 6, Hodge 6, Lanete 3, Baracael 2, Canaleta 2, Ballesteros 0, Bono 0, Salva 0. QUARTER SCORES: 24-28; 56-51; 79-65; 104-90. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJul 11th, 2018

PBA: LA being LA is reason why Ginebra is in the semis

Already having figured in two Finals series that went the full seven-game distance, Ginebra and Meralco were once again pitted against one another in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Quarterfinals. The Bolts registered a record of 7-4 in the elimination round and claimed the fourth-seed while the Gin Kings weren’t that far behind with a 6-5 standing and clinched the fifth-seed. Safe to say, just like their meetings in the last two championship rounds of the Governor’s Cup, not much separated the two teams. Ginebra floor leader LA Tenorio had to admit as much. “Talagang we expected that this series is not going to be easy especially against Meralco,” he told reporters on Wednesday. Indeed, Tenorio and company lost an 18-point lead early in the final frame and saw their new-age rivals come as close as 81-87 inside the last five minutes of the second game of their best-of-three quarterfinals series. Justin Brownlee and Tenorio connived for the answer for the crowd darlings, though, as Brownlee’s assist to a Tenorio triple followed by a Tenorio dish to a Brownlee dunk re-established the double-digit lead they would protect for the remainder of the game. “When they were making that run, LA made the shot in the corner for three and got the steal to toss it back to Justin for the dunk,” a much more gleeful than usual head coach Tim Cone said post-game. “That was the game for me.” That is exactly why, for the nth time, the multi-titled mentor had nothing but high praise for his court general. “(That’s) LA just being LA. He’s such a big moment guy and that was a big moment shot,” he said. For his part, though, Tenorio said he was just doing his job. As he put it, “Siguro, pamatay-sunog lang talaga after their big run. Sa akin, sana nga ‘di na umabot sa ganun e.” He then continued, “Pero actually, to be honest, during the game, ‘di ako kumportable e kasi alam kong babalik sila. They did.” Yes, the Bolts did battle back, but at the same time, Tenorio was there to meet them and turn them back. And in the end, the Gin Kings swept the series up against their new-day rivals. The player who made it happen is only hoping that, unlike their previous conquests of Meralco, this is not yet the end for Ginebra. “We still have best-of-five semis na lalaruin and hopefully, we still have Finals to play. Hopefully, ang peak talaga namin is more pa,” he shared. He then continued, “Medyo nagka-climb pa kami (ngayon) ang hopefully, makuha namin in the right timing.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Brownlee on Ginebra slump: ‘We have to play with sense of urgency’

Barangay Ginebra's 1-4 hole in the PBA Commissioner's Cup isn't exactly the stuff myths are made of. Even the return of beloved import Justin Brownlee couldn't help them rise from the ashes as the Gin Kings' 92-83 loss sent them crashing to the bottom two. Brownlee, who won two Governors' Cups with the Gin Kings, thinks it's time for Ginebra push the panic button if it wants to turn its season around. "We got to be urgent about it, we can't be lackadaisical," said Brownlee Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. "We have to play with a lot of urgency, to be aggressive because right now we're 1-4 and that's a tough spot." READ:PBA: Meralco keeps Ginebra struggling, spoils Brownlee's...Keep on reading: Brownlee on Ginebra slump: ‘We have to play with sense of urgency’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 1st, 2018

PBA: Brownlee returns as Gin Kings take on rival Meralco

Justin Brownlee is back to try and rescue Brgy. Ginebra's conference. The Gin Kings are 1-3 in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup and have opted to bring back Brownlee quickly to try and get something going. [Related: PBA: Justin Brownlee is ready to roll with Ginebra anew] Brownlee, who is fresh from an ABL championship with San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas, already has two titles with the barangay in three conferences. The high-scoring Ginebra import will face rival Meralco (3-2) for his first game back in what should be an explosive outing. Tip off will be at 7:00 p.m. live from the MOA Arena. In the first game at 4:30 p.m., TNT (4-1) go for a share of first place anew as the KaTropa meet Columbian Dyip (3-3). The KaTropa are also set to welcome returning import Joshua Smith who is coming off a stint in Japan.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 31st, 2018

Gin Kings ride big fourth-quarter run to go up 2-0 against Bolts

For the second straight game, it was a big fourth-quarter run that served as the difference for the barangay. Defending champion Bgry. Ginebra flipped the switch in the last six minutes of Game 2 to take a 86-76 win over Meralco in the 2017 Governors Cup Finals Sunday at the Big Dome. The champs, after another strong performance, are now up 2-0 in the best-of-7 series. Down 69-75 with 5:56 to go, the Gin Kings went on a 17-1 closing run to sink the Bolts anew and are halfway there for back-to-back titles. Holding on to a 79-76 lead, LA Tenorio hit a booming three with 1:08 remaining for a six-point advantage. Tenorio then forced a steal on Baser Amer on the other end and buried the insurance free throws as the barangay extended its Finals streak over Meralco to five games dating back to last year. Before Tenorio s dagger three though, the Bolts had the chance to tie but Ranidel De Ocampo and Jared Dillinger missed three of four free throws in one play. Dillinger, in particular, muffed two charities after he drew a loose ball foul on Japeth Aguilar following RDO s earlier split from the charity stripe. 'We took a big punch from them early in the game and kind of survived that and we were able to kind of make it into a possession by possession game,' head coach Tim Cone said. 'Seeing that the opportunity was there for us to win that game. It was a struggle. They’re a tough mental team. They’re mentally very tough. They’re hard to crack. But I’m just truly happy with our guys, just hanging in there, hanging in there, battling and battling and finding a way,' he added. Game 2 was a far cry from Game 1 mainly because the Bolts didn t took one whole half before showing up. Both teams were engaged from the get-go but it appeared that Meralco had things under control following a huge effort in the third behind import Allen Durham. However, Ginebra would complete shut down the Bolts as Tenorio and Justin Brownlee finally got it going and the Gin Kings ended up outscoring Meralco by 15 in the fourth. Tenorio and Brownlee on their own beat the Bolts in the payoff period, 18-14. Brownlee finished with only 19 points but eight came in the fourth. He also had 13 rebounds and seven assists. Tenorio dropped 10 of his 14 points in the final 12 minutes while Japeth Aguilar, despite five fouls, came through for 16. Back-to-back Best Import Allen Durham once again carried Meralco with 25 points, 22 rebounds, and seven assists but his local support remains lacking as De Ocampo and Baser Amer were the only other Bolts to crack double figures with 10 points apiece. Game 3 will be on Wednesday also at the Big Dome   The Scores:  GINEBRA 86 - Brownlee 19, Aguilar 16, Tenorio 14, Devance 10, Thompson 9, Mercado 6, Caguioa 6, Ferrer 3, Slaughter 3. MERALCO 76 - Durham 25, Amer 10, De Ocampo 10, Hodge 9, Newsome 8, Lanete 6, Dillinger 5, Tolomia 3, Caram 0, Hugnatan 0. Quarters: 18-24, 40-37, 57-62, 86-76.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 15th, 2017

Durham is Governors' Cup Best Import anew

For the second straight season, Allen Durham is the best import of the PBA Governors' Cup. Meralco's beast of a reinforcement took home the award Sunday prior to Game 2 of the Finals against Ginebra and it wasn't even close. Durham was the no. 1 import in all categories (statistis and votes from the PBA, media, and players), taking a total of 1219  points. He averaged an incredible 25.4 points, 20.06 rebounds, 6.8 assists, and 1.3 blocks through the semis, leading the Bolts back to the championship round to have another shot at the barangay. Speaking of the barangay, Ginebra's Justin Brownlee finished second 834 points while TNT's Glen Rice Jr. was third with 574 points.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 15th, 2017

FIBA WORLD CUP: Perfect attendance for Gilas a week before Iran clash

Perfect attendance anew for Gilas Pilipinas. Practice resumed Thursday for the national team and all 16 players were present at the Meralco Gym, exactly a week before Gilas starts round 2 of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers on the road against Iran. Ginebra's Greg Slaughter, who tweaked his ankle against Northport in the PBA Governors' Cup Wednesday, didn't participate in active drills. He was wearing a brace to support his left ankle. JP Erram also didn't particapte in active practice.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 6th, 2018

Mirror, mirror, on the wall…

SEVENTEEN days and 18 games later, the 2018 PBA Governor’s Cup is shaping up to be another exciting and action-packed conference featuring some of the best American imports around. Four former Best Imports winners — Justin Brownlee of defending champion Barangay Ginebra, Allen Durham of Meralco, Romeo Travis of Magnolia… Source link link: Mirror, mirror, on the wall….....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

Mirror, mirror, on the wall...

SEVENTEEN days and 18 games later, the 2018 PBA Governor’s Cup is shaping up to be another exciting and action-packed conference featuring some of the best American imports around. Four former Best Imports winners -- Justin Brownlee of defending champion Barangay Ginebra, Allen Durham of Meralco, Romeo Travis of Magnolia….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

REINFORCEMENTS HAVE ARRIVED

Miss the PBA yet? Don't worry as there's more action coming your way starting Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City. The 2018 PBA Governors' Cup will tip off this weekend and we have prolific imports in town, 12 of them to be exact. Get to know who they are before we start the third and final conference for this season.   Justin Brownlee --- Ginebra By now, Justin Brownlee needs no introduction but here goes anyway for the benefit of those who don't know him for some reason. Brownlee is a three-time PBA champion for the Gin Kings and a one-time Best Import. His first two titles came in the Governors' Cup. The first one was in 2016 when he hit "The Shot" in Game 6. The second one was last year when he led the barangay to a Game 7 win in front of more than 50,000 fans at the Philippine Arena. He's a Ginebra legend.   Allen Durham --- Meralco The reigning two-time Best Import is back for the Bolts and he's looking to complete some unfinished business. Durham has led Meralco to two Governors' Cup Finals in his previous two stints in the PBA but each time, the Bolts lost to Ginebra for the title. Is third time the charm for Allen Durham and Meralco?   AZ Reid --- San Miguel Arizona Reid won two Best Imports back when he was still with Rain or Shine and he won his first Governors' Cup title when he switched over to San Miguel. Now, the high-scoring import is back for the Beermen after a one-year hiatus. He has some business to finish here and at the top of the list is regaining his lost PBA championship.   Eugene Phelps --- Phoenix El Destructor first made a name for himself in the Governors' Cup. The Commissioner's Cup might not be his best cup of tea but when it comes to the season-ending conference, Eugene Phelps has proven before that he's a force to be reckoned with. With an upgraded local lineup and perhaps better durability this time around, El Destructor might just become extra destructive to the oppposition.   Henry Walker --- Blackwater The Elite made their second playoff appearance last year in the Governors' Cup with Henry Walker. As the no. 8 seed, they were a few minutes away from stunning no. 1 Meralco to go to the semis. Mr. Inspiration has provided nothing but positive stuff for Blackwater and with a longer build up, the Elite might be ready to take the next step in the Governors' Cup in order to salvage what has been a lost season.   Mike Harris --- Alaska The Aces are bringing in Mike Harris as reinforcement in the Governors' Cup. Harris has NBA experience with the Houston Rockets and the Utah Jazz. He has tremendous international experience and the PBA is only the latest in his long list of stops. He has a career average of 3.4 points in the NBA, playing a total of 54 games spread across five seasons.   Akeem Wright --- Columbian The Dyip will have 33-year-old Akeem Wright for the Governors' Cup. Wright was undrafted in the 2007 NBA Draft and since then, he's built an international career with stops in the Middle East and Europe.   Romeo Travis --- Magnolia A close buddy of LeBron James, Romeo Travis is back in the PBA. The first time, he played for Alaska and won Best Import but lost in the Finals to San Miguel Beer  back in 2015. Now, Travis will suit up for the Magnolia Hotshots. Travis of course is part of the LeBron's high school team at St. Vincent-St. Mary.   Olu Ashaolu --- NLEX We've seen Olu in the Commissioner's Cup as he played NLEX's last game of the conference as part of the team's prep for the Governors' Cup. Ashaolu played for Lousiana Tech and Oregon and college and went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft.   Rashad Woods --- Northport The Batang Pier will go with Rashad Woods for the Governors' Cup. Woods has had memorable stints in Mexico and in the Middle East, where he's known as the "Arab Ace."   J'Nathan Bullock --- Rain or Shine Bullock is back for a second stint with ROS. Last season, Bullock and the Elasto Painters were eliminated in the quarterfinals but not after erasing TNT's twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs. Bullock will join a ROS team that will be coming off an Asian Games campaign in Indonesia.   Mike Glover --- TNT Glover was Globalport's replacement import for Globalport two years ago but now, he'll start for the KaTropa in the 2018 Governors' Cup. The hulking forward went for 25.6 points and 14.0 rebounds in his first PBA tour.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Phoenix set to unleash the ‘Beast’

PBA Governor’s Cup back-to-back champion Barangay Ginebra remains as the team to beat with import Justin Brownlee back in action. Meralco, which finished runner-up to Ginebra in the last two years, will also be in the hunt with Allen Durham returning. And San Miguel Beer will be San Miguel Beer,… Source link link: Phoenix set to unleash the ‘Beast’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Phoenix set to unleash the ‘Beast’

PBA Governor's Cup back-to-back champion Barangay Ginebra remains as the team to beat with import Justin Brownlee back in action. Meralco, which finished runner-up to Ginebra in the last two years, will also be in the hunt with Allen Durham returning. And San Miguel Beer will be San Miguel Beer,….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Eager to move on from finals loss, Standhardinger grateful to be playing for PH anew

Christian Standhardinger's early run in the PBA isn't off to the greatest of starts. After the ballyhoo that surrounded him entering the league, his first title series ended in disappointment when San Miguel bowed to Barangay Ginebra in six games in the Commissioner's Cup Wednesday. "Of course, it was very tough. I was thinking that when I signed a contract with the PBA it was one of the best things and the most accomplished thing in my life," said Standhardinger after the Philippine national basketball team's practice Thursday at Meralco Gym. It wasn't a great finals performance for Standhardinger, who averaged just 12.6 points in the finals series and was held to three poi...Keep on reading: Eager to move on from finals loss, Standhardinger grateful to be playing for PH anew.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

PBA FInals By the Numbers: Magic Brownlee to the rescue

So we'll never get a close game in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals? Game 4 of the San Miguel-Ginebra series was pretty much like the first three as one team got a huge run that stretched for a couple of minutes and the outcome was pretty much decided. Only this time, it was Ginebra's turn once again and the best-of-7 showdown is now tied at two games each. Hopefully, Game 5 will be finally close but let's have another look at Game 4 before moving on, shall we?   17 Ginebra opened Game 4 of the finals with 17 unanswered points, tying the all-time record in a PBA game. TNT had the same run in Game 5 of the Commissioner's Cup Finals last year against San Miguel but the Beermen still won. San Miguel would make no such comeback this time as the Gin Kings rolled to victory.   30 Total margin of victory for Ginebra. The Gin Kings beat San Miguel, 130-100, in Game 4, making this the second most lopsided game in these Finals. Ginebra won by 28 in Game 1 while the Beermen won by 25 and 38 in Games 2 and 3 respectively.   83 percent Total shooting percentage for Justin Brownlee The PBA's Best Import scored 37 points on 15-of-18 shooting Friday night, putting Ginebra right back in this series. Brownlee has been pretty much unguardable for most of these Finals, which could mean trouble for San Miguel as this series moves on.   5,001 Total career points for June Mar Fajardo. June Mar needed 14 points to break the mark in Game 4, he scored 15. However, his team lost by 30 in a Finals game so safe to say Fajardo would like to forget this one real quick.   1 Number of San Miguel losses everytime June Mar Fajardo wins a Best Player of the Conference award. Fajardo has a record 7 BPCs and San Miguel won the first six Game 4s in the Finals. Friday against Ginebra was the Beermen's first loss when their prized center won the individual award.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 4th, 2018

PBA Finals: Brownlee, Ginebra tie series with 30-point rout of San Miguel

Brownlee was unstoppable again and Barangay Ginebra took its turn to rip San Miguel Beer to shreds, 130-100, and even the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals at 2-2 on Friday night at Smart Araneta.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 4th, 2018

PBA: Tim Cone knows lights-out Game 1 will stir up the beehive for SMB

Ginebra head coach Tim Cone says that the Gin Kings did everything on their part to steal the first game against the San Miguel Beermen in Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals. With such a game plan, Ginebra filled the chambers with 61.5-percent shooting, including a scorching 13 out of 25 from downtown. Even he can't help but marvel at his team's shooting display, opening the post-game press conference with a hint of surprise. "We were firing on all cylinders, and we kinda got them on their heels early and just never let up. Those games happen. They happen in the Finals, they happen any time," the winningest coach in PBA history said. Cone added that the team's fiery offense never stopped from the get-go, as the lead ballooned to as large as 39 (119-80), midway through the fourth quarter, merely cascading their strong start. In a dominating Game 1 victory, the American coach expects San Miguel to come out firing for Game 2 on Sunday, and expects their opponents to launch a haymaker from tip-off. "But all we did basically was stir up the bee hive, and they're gonna be coming back, sting us big time in Game 2. But at least we came out, we were aggressive, and we played with confidence." Cone again was quick to shower praise to versatile import Justin Brownlee, who again did a masterful performance with 42 points on 85.7-percent shooting, adding nine assists, seven rebounds, two blocks and a steal.  "Basically you can't stop him one-on-one, so they're gonna have to get another defender, and we'll have to read that, see where it's coming from, and try to figure out how to battle it." As for Game 2 on Sunday, Cone obviously does not expect the team to be that hot again, but he hopes a little bit of luck come again at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. The long-time coach even took one of his former team's mantras to the Ginebra locker room, and it could not be more apt.  "Yesterday ended last night. So, this game ends tonight, tomorrow is a whole new day. So we can't let this success here affect the success going forward. It's too easy to think that, 'oh, we've arrived.'" Calling adversary Leo Austria as an excellent one in terms of adjustments, Cone could only hope how his team can do as he expects his opponents shifting to fifth gear next time around. "If I told you I'd have to kill you. Kidding aside, I think that we'll see ... That's the problem with winning a game in a series rather than losing. When you win a game, the reaction all goes to the other team, they make the adjustments, then you gotta come into the game and be ready to adjust to their adjustments." "...But we're not gonna come in doing exactly the same thing, either. We're gonna try to change some things up and try to keep them unbalanced." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

PBA: Aggressive Brownlee shines for Ginebra anew

Coach Tim Cone wants his Gin Kings to be aggressive in these playoffs and in Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals against San Miguel, Ginebra did just that. Using an explosive start, the Gin Kings overwhelmed the Beermen to take an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 series. Ginebra was already up by 15 in the first quarter and were up 19 at the break. Come the fourth period, the lead reached as high as 39 points. No one was more aggressive for the Gin Kings than import Justin Brownlee, who scored 29 points in the first half, 18 in the opening period. Shooting 89.9 percent from the field, Brownlee scored 42 points in total on top of seven rebounds and nine assists. "Coach, he's been talking about this series, the whole playoffs, that we gotta try come out aggressive and win game one," Brownlee said. "I was just trying to do exactly that: be aggressive, you know, look for my teammates, just try and take advantage of every advantage I did have. And let me got some shots going and gotta good rhythm," he added. Game 1 was Brownlee's second 40-point performance in three outings in the playoffs. Despite his high-scoring performances, Brownlee says its just a product of Cone's offensive system that allows him to flourish. "I like to credit the offense that coach Tim gives us. That’s number one. His offense, you know, there are a lot of different reads and things you could do out there with it. So I try to mix it up, and then, my teammates, they always try to find me. Whether it’s giving me a nice pass or giving me a good screen, and things like that," he said. "It just motivates me that they want me to score, they want me to be aggressive. I like it and I’m trying to embrace it," Brownlee added. For the rest of the series, he'll just continue to take whetever the San Miguel defense gives him and try to play his game. "I  just try to take whatever the defense gives me. Just try to run the offense, just try to stay aggressive," Brownlee said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

PBA: Gin Kings destroy no. 1 ROS to start semis

There's still no stopping Ginebra. The Gin Kings rolled past no. 1 Rain or Shine Sunday to start their 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals series, scoring a nice 102-89 victory at the Big Dome. With Jeff Chan firing at will in the fourth, Ginebra finally pulled away to take an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-5 series. The win was also the eighth straight for the Gin Kings dating back to the elimination round where they had to climb out of a 1-5 hole to make the playoffs as the no. 5 seed. Ginebra got off to a fast start, firing a 22-7 run right out of the gate. Rain or Shine settled down after that initial storm from the Gin Kings, keeping things close until the fourth. However, led by Chan's 10 points in the final 12 minutes, Ginebra managed to break the game wide open again by firing a 16-0 blast to take its largest lead of the night at 24 points, 102-78. "Best part about doing this game tonight was being able to do it without Japeth. He's been out of practice since our last game against Meralco, he got hit in his Achilles so he had some significant swelling in his Achilles tendon area," head coach Tim Cone said. "We don't know exactly how long he'll be out, we're hoping he can suit up in Game 2, but we didn't want to risk him tonight with that swelling. He had an MRI, and the initial reading was a slight tear but after review it was swelling. We're being very cautious. We want to make sure he plays in this series. And also he's a national team player, so we don't want to mess with a national team player as well," he added. Import Justin Brownlee was his usual brilliant self to lead the Gin Kings, scoring 35 points on top of 14 rebounds and nine assists. Chan finished with 21 points for his best game for Ginebra so far while Greg Slaughter added another 20 points in a starting role. For ROS, Reggie Johnson carried the Elasto Painters with 30 points and 13 boards while James Yap scored 15 and had eight rebounds. Game 2 is set for Tuesday also at the Big Dome.   The Scores:  Ginebra (102): Brownlee 35, Chan 21, Slaughter 20, Devance 12, Tenorio 5, Thompson 4, Mercado 3, Aguilar 2, Caperal 0, Manuel 0, Ferrer 0, Mariano 0 Rain or Shine (89): Johnson 30, Yap 15, Daquioag 10, Tiu 7, Washington 6, Ponferada 6, Ahanmisi 6, Belga 4, Nambatac 3, Norwood 2, Almazan 0 Quarterscores: 31-27, 52-45, 76-60, 102-89   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Ginebra snuffs Bolts to bag semifinals berth

Barangay Ginebra, behind Justin Brownlee’s huge performance, battered Meralco, 104-90, on Wednesday and cruised to the best-of-five semifinals of Season 43 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. Brownlee tallied 36 points, six rebounds, nine assists and three steals while Greg Slaughter contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds to help the No. 5 [...] The post Ginebra snuffs Bolts to bag semifinals berth appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

In battle of endurance, Brownlee outlasts Onuaku

In a basketball game that saw two individuals duke out in a marathon, it was Justin Brownlee who passed the tape with the greater of ease. Barangay Ginebra rode the coattails of Brownlee to take the 104-90 win and the sweep Meralco in the PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Bolts, meanwhile, saw Arinze Onuaku run on fumes. For Brownlee, who played 41 minutes and 39 seconds, playing for almost the whole game was a testament to his hard work and discipline. "I pride myself every time I come, I want to be better than the last conference especially with my endurance and just the kind of shape I'm in," said Brownlee who had 36 points, ...Keep on reading: In battle of endurance, Brownlee outlasts Onuaku.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Sweep by gin kings

BARANGAY Ginebra waxed hot in the second half to finish off Meralco, 104-90, and seal a return trip to the semifinals of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Justin Brownlee knocked in a game-high 36 points, including 24 in the first half, as he totally….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018