Ginebra grabs commanding 3-1 lead after Game 4 rout
Barangay Ginebra unleashed an almost perfect game on Wednesday night, steamrolling through the Meralco Bolts, 94-72, in the Game Four of the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup finals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
With the score all tied up at 14-all in the first quarter, Ginebra turned what was touted as another gritty battle into a cakewalk as it stepped on the gas pedal in the middle quarters and never looked back, leading by as high as 27 points.
As a result, the Gin Kings took a commanding 3-1 advantage in the best-of-seven showdown, moving them on cusp of reclaiming the title in the season-ending conference.
Playing like a well-oiled machine in dispatching the Bolts, Justin Brownlee couldn’t have played any better by delivering a near triple-double performance of 27 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists, to go with five steals, and four blocks, toying his counterpart and newly-minted Best Import Allen Durham all throughout the match.
Brownlee had a lot of help from the locals, particularly from Stanley Pringle who continued to roll with his 21 points. Scottie Thompson had a good game as well on both ends this time, dropping 16 markers, while LA Tenorio and Jared Dillinger added eight and seven points respectively.
Ginebra will try to close out the series come Game Five, on Friday, January 17, at the Mall of Asia Arena.
GINEBRA 94 – Brownlee 27, Pringle 21, Thompson 16, Tenorio 8, Dillinger 7, Aguilar 5, Caguioa 5, Mariano 3, Slaughter 2, Caperal 0, Chan 0, Dela Cruz 0.
MERALCO 72 – Durham 21, Newsome 12, Almazan 12, Quinto 7, Salva 6, Maliksi 6, Caram 4, Amer 2, Hodge 2, Faundo 0, Jackson 0, Pinto 0.
Quarter scores: 14-14, 42-31, 70-55, 94-72.