The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings went back to basics as they took a 2-1 series lead with a score of 92-84, last Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Ginebra relied on their stars to bring home the win and it helped when their defense was clicking as well.
Stanley Pringle, in particular, showed out in this game. The spitfire guard scored 17 of his 21 points in the third period to give Ginebra a sizeable advantage. Meanwhile, Japeth Aguilar was big on both ends by notching 23 points and seven blocks to set the tone.
Resident import Justin Brownlee missed out on a triple-double as he posted 23 points, nine assists, and nine rebounds.
His counterpart Allen Durham poured in 23 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists while Chris Newsome added 24 in the losing effort.
Today, FOX Sports Philippines look into the factors that tilted the game in Ginebra’s favor.
Meralco wasn’t able to take care of the leather
The Bolts didn’t help themselves when they conceded possessions against the streaking Gin Kings. In this game, Meralco coughed it up 20 times leading to 25 points off of turnovers for the Tim Cone-coached club.
Clearly, Ginebra keyed in on Meralco’s top scoring threats in Allen Durham and Chris Newsome. The said duo accounted for half of the total turnovers for the Bolts.
Solid ball movement from the Gin Kings
The Gin Kings showed their improvement on the offensive end by feeding off of each other. All in all, Ginebra tallied 23 assists while having only nine turnovers.
Justin Brownlee used his scoring threat to find open looks for his teammates with nine assists, while Scottie Thompson had seven assists. Greg Slaughter surprisingly was their third-leading playmaker with five of his own.
Ginebra took advantage in the interior
The Bolts’ title bid is now in jeopardy as Raymond Almazan suffered a knee injury midway in the first period, which leaves them a gaping hole in the interior.
Ginebra rightfully took advantage of Almazan’s absence as they scored 42 points in the paint and Japeth Aguilar went nuts with seven blocked shots.
Almazan’s status is still uncertain as of this writing. However, head coach Norman Black and the rest of his crew are already bracing for the worst.
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