Ginebra and Blackwater continue their streaks to the top of the standings

Blackwater Elite 99 – Rain or Shine Elasto Painters 93

After receiving their first loss of the conference last week, the Blackwater Elite have started a new winning run. They survive a furious rally from the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to win their second straight game. Henry Walker tallied a triple-double with 14 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists. Mike DiGregorio and John Pinto led the way with 17 and 16 respectively.

After an explosive first quarter, Blackwater took control of the game in the second period. They limited the Elasto Painters to just nine points to pull away with a sizeable lead. Rain or Shine couldn’t get their offense going as they were held scoreless for much of the second period. The Elite took the momentum they got from that quarter and built a double-digit lead in the second half. Walker was making plays for everyone as DiGregorio and Pinto found their range from the outside.

The Elite built a 16-point lead in the third period and held on to a nine-point lead heading into the final quarter. That was when Rain or Shine made their rally. Desperate for a win, the Elasto Painters chipped away at the lead and got back in the game. They got to within two points in the final minute after with Maverick Ahanmisi and Terrence Watson leading the way. But the Elite shut the door on the Elasto Painters when Pinto nailed a dagger trey from the right corner to increase the lead to two possessions.

Barangay Ginebra 111 – Meralco Bolts 105

The undermanned Barangay Ginebra continue to find ways to get wins in the Governor’s Cup. They extend their new streak to four games with their latest win over the Meralco Bolts. Justin Brownlee and Japeth Aguilar each scored 31 points to lead the Barangay to victory. LA Tenorio also came up big with 18 points in the game.

The two teams in last year’s Governor’s Cup Finals battled toe-to-toe in the first half. Brownlee and Aguilar tried to tow the Barangay to a big lead early in the game. But they were countered by Allen Durham and Chris Newsome who did the heavy lifting for Meralco. Ginebra found themselves down by two points heading into the second half. Newsome continued to play well early in the second half. He scored on an and-one floater and nailed a couple of outside jumpers to give Meralco an eight point lead.

Justin Brownlee answered Newsome’s run with one of his own. He scored seven points in an 11-0 counter-run by Ginebra to take the lead. From there, Ginebra took control of the game in the fourth quarter. They opened the final period on a 14-5 run behind outside shots from Brownlee, Tenorio and Kevin Ferrer to build an 11-point lead. Aguilar and Brownlee took over the scoring from there to increase the lead to 14 and keep Meralco at bay. Ginebra cruised to the win from that point.

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