Semis-bound Ginebra stops SMB’s grand slam chase anew


Barangay Ginebra sent the San Miguel Beermen to an early exit with a 100-97 decision in their 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinal series on Sunday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

With the win, the no. 4 Gin Kings booked the second slot in the semifinals, shattering San Miguel’s grand slam dreams in the process.

But in order to win, Ginebra had to survive a determined Beermen side, overcoming several deadlocks and lead changes before holding their own on both sides down the stretch to put their twice-to-beat incentive in good use.

Justin Brownlee came through with game-high 41 points off 15-of-25 field goal shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds while filling up the stats sheet with two steals, three blocks and an assist in 46 minutes of play. Stanley Pringle made 24 points, five assists, and three rebounds while LA Tenorio had 12 makers for the Gin Kings.

June Mar Fajardo had 24 points and 18 boards, while John Holland scored 20 in a lost cause for the Beermen, who played without suspended players Arwind Santos, Kelly Nabong and Ronald Tubid following a fight in practice.

The scores:

GINEBRA 100 – Brownlee 41, Pringle 24, Tenorio 12, Chan 6, Aguilar 6, Slaughter 5, Thompson 4, Dela Cruz 2, Devance 0.

SAN MIGUEL 97 – Fajardo 24, Holland 20, Tautuaa 12, Cabagnot 11, Lassiter 10, Romeo 8, Ross 7, Pessumal 3, Rosser 0.

Quarter scores: 23-23, 54-58, 78-83, 100-97.