Ginebra ends SMB’s grand slam hopes with emphatic q’final win

Barangay Ginebra caught fire in the second period while playing excellent defense all throughout as the Kings put an emphatic end to San Miguel Beer’s grand slam chase with their 104-84 victory in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

  • Justin’s hot: Justin Brownlee triggered Ginebra’s solid second-quarter scoring rampage after dropping 16 points, highlighted by four triples as the Kings erect a 45-32 halftime lead.
  • No let up: The Kings continued their relentless offensive in the second half, erecting their biggest lead at 102-72 on a three-pointer by Scottie Thompson.
  • End of grand slam hopes:  San Miguel, which dominated the Philippine Cup and Commissioner’s Cup, saw its quest for the franchise’s second grand slam end. The 20-point loss marked the team’s worst losing margin for the season. This also marks the first time San Miguel won’t make the semifinals since the 2015 Commissioner’s Cup.
  • Tired starting unit: San Miguel coach Leo Austria utilized only 4 players off the bench. Arwind Santos only had 6 points and 5 rebounds off the bench, while Yancy de Ocampo, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser and Gabby Espinas played played under 7 minutes as Austria relied heavily on the starting unit led by June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross, Marcio Lassiter and import Terrence Watson. The starting unit appeared to have tired out with Watson, Fajardo and Lassiter the only bright spots for the Beermen. 
  • Ginebra’s leaders: Brownlee led Ginebra with 37 points and 10 rebounds, Joe Devance added 17 while Greg Slaughter chipped in 13.
  • Quote of the match: “Nobody thought that was coming.  We just played great from start to finish.  It’s one of those nights that they (Beermen) had a bad time for them.” – Ginebra coach Tim Cone

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