Ginebra repeats over Meralco to reclaim Governors’ Cup throne

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Barangay Ginebra turned back a gutsy stand by the Meralco Bolts, 105-93, in Game Five of the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup finals on Friday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

To recapture the title, the Gin Kings had to make a huge surge in the second half to finish off the Bolts, who led by as much as 14 points in the first quarter.

The result thus ended a best-of-seven finals series in favor of Ginebra, 4-1, winning them their third Governors’ Cup title in four years.

Japeth Aguilar led the Ginebra attack with 25 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks, while providing the highlight reels as he took home the Finals MVP plum.

Justin Brownlee did most of the damage in the third quarter to finish with 24 points and 10 assists as the rest of the Ginebra starters also ended up in double digits as well. Stanley Pringle was good for 17 points, while Scottie Thompson and LA Tenorio dropped 14 and 12 points respectively in the title-clinching victory.

Playing with a short rotation, the Bolts leaned on three-time Best Import Allen Durham who had 29 points, 21 rebounds, and eight assists that just went for naught as Meralco absorbed its third straight finals loss at the hands of Ginebra.

The scores:

GINEBRA 105 – Aguilar 25, Brownlee 24, Pringle 17, Thompson 14, Tenorio 12, Mariano 6, Devance 3, Dela Cruz 2, Slaughter 2, Dillinger 0.

MERALCO 93 – Durham 29, Amer 17, Newsome 13, Hodge 10, Quinto 9, Maliksi 9, Faundo 2, Pinto 2, Caram 2, Salva 0.

Quarterscores: 19-26, 40-46, 70-64, 105-93.