PBA Wednesday: ‘El Tinyente’ still has the clutch gene

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Fans of the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok had to take back their brooms, as the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel pulled off yet another valiant comeback to stay alive in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Semifinals.

FOX Sports Philippines brings out the clipboard in Ginebra’s 107-103 nail-biter of a win.


An animal is most dangerous when it’s cornered, which is why Ginebra threw everything but the kitchen sink in their last ditch effort to extend their best of five series.

The team nailed plenty of pivotal shots in the dying seconds of the game, but none bigger than this running floater from LA Tenorio which proved to be the marginal basket.

‘El Tinyente’ contributed 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Down by 16 points after the first 24 minutes, Ginebra stormed back led by the heroics of Justin Brownlee.

The BIC contender poured in 46 markers to go along 19 huge rebounds, 5 assists, and three rejections.

Adjustment is the name of the game


After committing 45 turnovers in the first two contests, Ginebra managed to limit their miscues last night and only forked the ball over 12 times.

They also gave the Hotshots a taste of their own medicine, building an 18-11 advantage in points off turnovers.

Ginebra shot poorly from deep (3 out of 23 for 13 percent), but made up for it through a huge disparity in total free throw attempts (32-45 for 71 percent).

Magnolia only went to the line 18 times and made 11 for 61 percent.

A returning JDV and a more aggressive Scottie


With their season hanging in the balance, Joe Devance returned from a foot injury just in the nick of time to provide some much needed veteran leadership.

The 9-time PBA champion, who appeared to still be feeling the effects of his long layoff, started the game and pitched in 8 points, 5 dimes, and four boards.

Scottie Thompson, meanwhile, aggressively looked for his shot and energized the crowd with clutch plays like this high-flying put back.

After scoring a combined 14 points in Ginebra’s first two losses, the former Perpetual star uncorked 15 points (6-12 FG) on top of 7 rebounds.

His playmaking was on point as well, adding 5 assists and committing 0 turnovers.

Can Magnolia avoid sudden death?


With Ginebra’s penchant for the dramatics, Magnolia would want nothing more but to close the series out in Game 4 and avoid a winner-take-all match.

Romeo Travis soldiered on and played with a leg bruise for majority of Game 3, and his health would play a major factor in this series.

The lefty import missed 12 of his 17 tries from the field for a season low 12 points and 10 rebounds, but nailed two clutch baskets in the fourth to keep the Hotshots in the game.

Marc Barroca and Paul Lee took on the scoring load, posting 19 and 17 markers, respectively.

Chito Victolero, meanwhile, was the one to let emotions get the better of him this time around. The Magnolia bench boss got tossed out in the final canto, much like opposing coach Tim Cone in the last game.

(Images from PBA Media Group)
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