Barangay Ginebra bounced back from their streak-ending loss in their last game with a big 96-93 win over the TNT KaTropa. Ginebra stays in the fight for a top four seed with a 6-3 record. This loss drops TNT to a tie for second with a 7-2 slate.
Japeth Aguilar led the way with 29 points and 10 rebounds while Justin Brownlee added his own double-double 24 points and 16 rebounds. LA Tenorio scored 19 points while Stanley Pringle had 14. KJ McDaniels scored 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead TNT. Bobby Ray Parks scored 17 points in his first stint for the KaTropa.
TNT was in control for most of the first half behind the efforts of McDaniels and RR Pogoy. Ginebra woke up in the second half to take control of the game. Aguilar sparked a run in the third period with back-to-back hoops. That opened up a 10-0 run by Ginebra to turn an eight-point deficit into a two-point lead. Ginebra continued to rampage in the third period and early fourth to build a lead as high as 14 points.
McDaniels, Parks and Pogoy teamed up to lead TNT’s comeback attempt. They chipped away at the Ginebra lead with Pogoy’s triple with less than 40 seconds left tying the count at 92. Pringle answered right back with a drive to the hoop to give Ginebra the lead back. TNT had a chance to tie the game with McDaniels at the line. But he spit his freebies leading to Brownlee endgame free throws to settle the score.
In the first game, the Meralco Bolts continued to assert their dominance in the Governor’s Cup. They demolish the Columbian Dyip, 92-74 to rise up to a tie for second place. The Bolts win their fourth straight game to rise up to 7-2 while Columbian falls to 4-6.
Allen Durham put up monster numbers with 34 points and 14 rebounds. Raymond Almazan had a beastly line of his own with 19 points and 24 rebounds. CJ Perez had 21 points to lead Columbian.
The Bolts just came in waves in the first period. They went on several 6-0 runs to slowly build their double-digit lead. Chris Newsome and Anjo Caram scored on back-to-back hoops that gave the Bolts a 16-point lead. Meralco was in control of the game after that. They maintained a safe distance from the Dyip all the way to the end.
Meralco controlled the boards, outrebounding Columbian 66-48. The Bolts hauled down 21 offensive rebounds that led to 25 second chance points. Those extra possessions made up for their subpar shooting rate and 17 turnovers. Meralco’s defense was also on point, limiting Columbian to just 29% shooting in the game.