Barangay Ginebra stymied the TNT KaTropa’s fourth-quarter comeback to carve out a hard-earned 96-93 win in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Playing catch-up for most of the first half, the Gin Kings flipped the switch in the third period and even took a double-digit lead, but had to stay composed down the stretch after losing a 10-point advantage in the payoff period.
Stanley Pringle delivered the biggest basket for Ginebra, making a go-ahead lay-up over KJ McDaniels to break the deadlock at 92-all, before Justin Brownlee sank two free throws to seal the deal.
As a result, Ginebra immediately barged back into the win column after absorbing a horrendous loss at the hands of Meralco last week, improving to 6-3 to formally enter the quarterfinal round.
Japeth Aguilar had 29 points and 10 rebounds, while Justin Brownlee added 24 points and 16 rebounds for the Gin Kings, who also got 19 and 14 markers, respectively from LA Tenorio and Pringle.
The loss thus spoiled the debut of Ray Parks, Jr. as a KaTropa, as the rookie ended up with 17 points. McDaniels added 32 points, while Roger Pogoy provided 23 points on five triples that just went down the drain as TNT dropped to 7-2, following back-to-back losses.
GINEBRA 96 – Aguilar 29, Brownlee 24, Tenorio 19, Pringle 14, Dela Cruz 8, Chan 2, Thompson 0, Sargent 0, Caperal 0, Mariano 0.
TNT 93 – McDaniels 32, Pogoy 23, Parks 17, Vosotros 2, Digregorio 2, Williams 2, De Leon 2, Semerad 0, Reyes 0.
Quarter scores: 17-23, 38-44, 74-68, 96-93.