Barangay Ginebra regained control of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals with a 117-103 victory over TNT at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday, aided by a fourth-quarter three-point barrage.
In the best-of-seven series, the Gin Kings led 2-1 after Jamie Malonzo and import Justin Brownlee scored from distance to halt a Tropang Giga comeback earlier in the period.
Stanley Pringle emerged from the shooting with a perfect night as one of the heroes in Ginebra’s victory, which prevented coach Tim Cone’s squad from claiming a third consecutive season-ending conference title.
“We struck the ball exceptionally well from various angles tonight, headed by Stanley. Cone stated, “He kept us in the game, put us ahead, and kept us in the game during the first half, and gave us some huge baskets in the second half.”
Ginebra aims to establish a monopoly on the title race with a victory on Sunday at the same location.
Brownlee scored 29 points in a remarkable rebound from a 3-for-16 shooting performance and 12 points in Ginebra’s Game 2 defeat (95-82).
Malonzo made six three-pointers en route to 27 points and ten rebounds, while Pringle scored 22 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the field after starting for the first time in this conference.
Poy Erram, Mikey Williams, and import Rondae Hollis-Jefferson produced impressive statistics, but after TNT tied the game at 88 in the final quarter, they lost momentum.
The Tropang Giga was led by Hollis-Jefferson, with Williams having 32 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists with 19 points, and Erram with 14 points, nine rebounds, and three rejections.
Brownlee scored 29 points, Malonzo 27 points, Pringle 22 points, Thompson 16 points, Standhardinger 16 points, Gray 5 points, J.Aguilar 2 points, Mariano 0 points, Pinto 0 points, and Onwubere 0 points.
103 – Holmes-Jefferson 32, Williams M. 19, Erram 14, Castro 14, Pogoy 13, Khobuntin 6, Oftana 3, Tungcab 2, Marcelo 0, Montalbo 0.
Quarterly scores were 29-19, 57-57, 87-81, and 117-103.
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