With a stable effort on each ends within the second half, Barangay Ginebra chopped down one of many hottest groups within the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Sunday night time, scoring a 107-89 ripping of TNT KaTropa that gave the Gin Kings a fourth straight win within the elimination spherical at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.
Ginebra got here out of the halftime break with all weapons firing and its protection shutting down TNT within the last two frames because it rose to Four-1, after a conference-opening loss, and snapped the Texters’ five-game profitable streak in emphatic model.
Justin Brownlee fired 34 factors, had 15 rebounds and 6 assists, and Japeth Aguilar completed with 16 factors, 14 boards and 5 swats.
The Texters misplaced for the primary time of their final six video games to be at 5-2, nonetheless a win shy of a quarterfinal slot.
Meanwhile, utilizing balanced scoring to make up for the absence of its most prolific gunner, GlobalPort stayed mathematically within the hunt for a playoff berth after tearing Mahindra to shreds, 105-86, within the first recreation.
Six gamers, led by Stanley Pringle (24 factors), completed in twin digits for the Batang Pier, who didn’t present indicators of missing Terrence Romeo as GlobalPort rose to 2-5 general—two wins coming in its final three video games.
The loss was the fifth straight in a 1-7 card for the Floodbuster, who let go of the environment friendly James White two weeks in the past and have continued to wrestle with Keith Wright.
With Romeo out due to a bum abdomen, GlobalPort’s bench stepped up and put a smile on coach Franz Pumaren’s face.
Four starters completed in double digits whereas Aaron Aban and Von Pessumal mixed for 24 off the bench.
“We’ve been hoping for the bench to contribute,” Pumaren mentioned earlier than praising Romeo for nonetheless suiting up regardless of his sickness.
James Forrester, the previous collegiate standout with Arellano, acquired a uncommon name to begin and didn’t disappoint Pumaren, scoring seven factors counting what may very well be the shot of his profession—a two-handed dunk off an alley-oop move to full a fastbreak.
Wright led Mahindra with 23 factors and had 9 rebounds and the Floodbuster at the moment are nearer to elimination.
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