Barangay Ginebra got the 1,000th win in franchise history with a thrilling win over the San Miguel Beermen. The game needed an extra period but Ginebra was able to hold on 110-107 to get their third win of the conference and rise up to 3-3. The Beermen suffer their third loss in four games.
Ginebra needed a big game from Justin Brownlee, who played all 53 minutes of regulation and OT to pull out the win. Brownlee scored 39 points, grabbed 15 boards and dished out five dimes in the win. He got help from LA Tenorio who had 16 points and six assists. Greg Slaughter and Scottie Thompson each had 13 points. Charles Rhodes led the Beermen with 34 points and 12 rebounds.
After San Miguel jumped out to an early lead in the first period, Ginebra clawed their way back in the middle quarters, taking a three-point lead heading to the final period.
Rhodes scored on a dunk inside to put the Beermen up by one point heading into the final minutes of regulation. Tenorio answered right back with a jumper and Brownlee scored on a layup after a San Miguel miss. Brownlee added a three-pointer a few possessions later to put Ginebra up by four.
Rhodes would not be denied. After Alex Cabagnot cut the deficit down to just two, he scored on a hook shot inside under heavy duress to tie the game at 99. Ginebra had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation after Joe Devance stole the ball from Chris Ross. They ran a play to get Brownlee his patented pull up jumper from 15 feet. But Rhodes was there to bother the shot and force a miss, sending the game to OT.
The game stayed tight in the early goings of OT. With three minutes left in the game, Tenorio scored on a jumper and Brownlee added a floater to put Ginebra up by five. Tenorio then found a cutting Thompson with a pass in between two players to keep their team up by five. Ginebra was able to stifle San Miguel in the end game to pull out the win.
In the first game, the Magnolia Hotshots continued to roll, getting their second win of the conference with a 110-103 decision over the Columbian Dyip. Magnolia evens up their slate at 2-2 while Columbian falls to 1-4.
The Hotshots got another big game from Ian Sangalang who scored 22 points off the bench. Import James Farr also had 22 points for the Hotshots. Columbian showcased new import Lester Prosper who led them with 26 points and 14 boards.
Magnolia had a hot start and that allowed them to build a safe lead later in the game. Sangalang made his mark towards the tail end of the first period when he scored five straight points to power a 6-0 run. That gave Magnolia a six-point lead heading to the second period.
In the third period, Magnolia once again went on an unanswered scoring binge. Sangalang scored five points in a 8-0 run to give Magnolia a four-point lead. Jio Jalalon and Farr continued the scoring barrage with 10 straight points to push the Hotshots lead up to 14. Their lead ballooned to as high as 15 points near the end of the third period.
Magnolia was able to weather the comeback attempts of Columbian in the final quarter.