Ginebra returns to PBA finals after burying NorthPort in Game 4


Barangay Ginebra is set to make a return trip to the Finals following a masterful victory over the NorthPort Batang Pier, 120-107, in Game 4 of the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum Friday night.

After a demoralizing 34-point loss in the series opener, the Gin Kings bounced back by sweeping the next three games in a blowout fashion to book a finals seat in the said tournament for the third time in four seasons.

Ginebra now awaits the winner of the other series where TNT currently holds a 2-1 series advantage over the Bolts.

Ginebra got off to a strong start once again, but had to survive the Batang Pier’s third-quarter storm behind Paolo Taha who poured in 21 of his career-high 29 points in the said quarter.

But NorthPort’s comeback attempt was short-lived, as the Gin Kings restored order come the final frame, applying the finishing touches behind the hot hands of Justin Brownlee and LA Tenorio to wrap up the best-of-five affair, 3-1.

The scores:

GINEBRA 120 – Brownlee 36, Aguilar 20, Tenorio 19, Pringle 18, Thompson 14, Slaughter 6, Mariano 4, Chan 3, Dillinger 0.

NORTHPORT 107 – Standhardinger 32, Taha 29, Qualls 25, Anthony 18, Lanete 2, Elorde 1, Cruz 0, King 0, Escoto 0.

Quarter scores: 32-21, 56-39, 86-75, 120-107.