The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings have won the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup championship as they trounced the Meralco Bolts, 105-93, in Game 5 of their best-of-seven finals series last Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
After trailing by as much as 14 points in the first half, Ginebra went on a flurry in the penultimate period which produced some noteworthy highlights from the likes of Japeth Aguilar, Justin Brownlee, and Stanley Pringle on both ends of the floor.
Meralco didn’t come down without a fight as they cut the deficit to two points midway into the fourth period. However, Stanley Pringle’s timely buckets frustrated the Bolts, capped off by a crucial technical foul by Allen Durham after a second motion call to Aljon Mariano.
Japeth Aguilar finished with 25 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks as he was named the Finals MVP of the series. Justin Brownlee added 24 points, seven rebounds, and 10 assists, while Stanley Pringle pumped in 17 points and eight dimes.
Allen Durham top-scored for the Bolts with 29 points, 21 rebounds, and eight assists while Baser Amer and Chris Newsome contributed 17 and 13 points apiece.
The win gave Ginebra their 12th title in franchise history while their head coach Tim Cone won his 22nd – the most in league history.
Today, FOX Sports Philippines takes a look at how the Gin Kings came away with the title in this pulsating match.
Crisp passing and ball movement by the Gin Kings
Head coach Tim Cone did a masterful job in keeping his players in check particularly when they struggled a bit in the first half. The multi-titled coach continued to instill teamwork and that showed in their offensive attack where they registered 33 total assists.
Justin Brownlee led the way on that regard with 10 assists as he would use his scoring threat and vision to find his open teammates. Stanley Pringle and Scottie Thompson, meanwhile, used their ball-handling dexterity and speed to facilitate as well by adding eight and six dimes each.
Ginebra shot better overall
Through teamwork and ball movement, the Gin Kings fared better on the offensive end as they had the edge in shooting percentages. Looking at the stat sheet, Ginebra shot 50-percent overall from the field plus they knocked down 41-percent of their three-point attempts.
Four players in the Ginebra starting lineup shot at least 50-percent in this game. Aguilar, Tenorio, Thompson, and Pringle did their damage in a variety of ways especially when the Bolts’ defense continued to key in on Justin Brownlee.
The big guns shined when it mattered the most
Fueled by the cheers of around 15,000 fans in the Mall of Asia Arena, Ginebra delivered the final blow when they went on a big run during the fourth quarter.
With the game tied at 77 points apiece, the Tim Cone-mentored squad unleashed a 28-16 blast plus some highlight plays that got the crowd going last Friday night.
Stanley Pringle mesmerized the crowd with his jaw-dropping drives while Japeth Aguilar let out some highlight-reel dunks as well. On the other hand, Justin Brownlee showed poise by going business as usual with his supreme shotmaking ability.
(Images from PBA Media Group)