Ginebra eliminates San Miguel, Meralco moves past Alaska

There will be no Grand Slam this season. Barangay Ginebra made sure of that when they beat the San Miguel Beermen, 100-97. With that win, Ginebra moves on to the Semifinals of the 2019 Governors’ Cup, eliminating San Miguel from contention.

Justin Brownlee put on a masterful performance, including big shots and stops in the end game to push Ginebra forward. He finished with 41 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and three blocks. Stanley Pringle helped him out with 24 points and five assists. LA Tenorio added 12 points and six assists. June Mar Fajardo led San Miguel with 24 points and 18 rebounds.

It was a tight battle between the two sister teams all the way until the final buzzer. In the end, Ginebra made bigger plays in the end game to secure the win. With a little over three minutes left in the game, Fajardo and Terrence Romeo scored on back-to-back hits to put San Miguel up by two. Needing a big bucket, Ginebra ran a play for Pringle to get in the paint. The point guard attracted the defense and kicked out to Brownlee on the left corner for the big triple to put Ginebra back up once again.

On the other end, Tenorio tipped a Ross pass and saved the ball to Pringle who took it all the way to the hoop to put Ginebra up by three. Ginebra had a chance to add to their lead but they turned it over and John Holland was fouled on his fast break attempt leading to hi shaving two points off the lead from the line. But that was the closest San Miguel would get.

Pringle sank two more from the line and Brownlee played solid defense on the perimeter to prevent a game-tying attempt from the Beermen. Ginebra held on to the win and advanced to the next round.

In the first game, the Meralco Bolts continued their strong run in the conference. They eliminated the Alaska Aces with a 94-84 win, advancing to the Semifinals stage.

Allen Durham had another monster game with 28 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists. Allein Maliksi proved his worth, scoring 23 points in his best game for Meralco so far. Chris Newsome added 17. Jvee Casio led Alaska with 20 point from the bench.

The Bolts jumped out to a big lead early in the game and never looked back. The Meralco starters waxed hot from the field, dropping a 13-0 bomb to start the game. Newsome scored five points during that stretch while Raymond Almazan, Baser Amer, Bong Quinto and Durham all got on the board. Amer along with Bryan Faundo, Cliff Hodge and Maliksi closed out the first period strong, increasing their double-digit lead lead up to 17 heading to the second period.

The Aces slowly chipped away at the lead in the second half. They got to as close as four points midway through the fourth with Casio leading the way. But Newsome teamed up with Durham and Almazan to rebuild an 11-point lead, staving off the Alaska rally.