Ginebra wins Manila Clasico to tie for third, TNT secures twice-to-beat advantage

Justin Brownlee caught fire and notched a new career-high to lead Barangay Ginebra to a 102-81 win over the Magnolia Hotshots. With that win, Ginebra jumps up to 6-4 to tie for the third spot in the standings. The Hotshots lose back-to-back games to fall to 5-4.

Brownlee continued his impressive show in the Commissioner’s Cup. He erupted for 49 points, hauled down 20 rebounds and dished out seven assists in the win. Japeth Aguilar helped out with 18 points on 69% shooting while Stanley Pringle added 13 points and five assists. James Farr had 34 points and 21 rebounds in the loss.

The Hotshots were able to take a slim one-point lead heading to the half and a five-point lead early in the third period. But they wouldn’t be able to hold back Brownlee for long. The Ginebra import scored five straight points to tie the game. He then sparked a 15-4 run to close the third period and put Ginebra up by 14.

In the fourth period, it was all Brownlee to start. He scored the first 12 points of Ginebra to answer every attempt by Magnolia to get back in the game. His jumper with 1:14 left in the game gave Ginebra a 21-point advantage. Ginebra cruised to the win after that.

In the first game, the TNT KaTropa routed the Blackwater Elite, 115-97 to secure the first twice-to-beat advantage in the Quarterfinals. TNT wins their seventh straight game to take a 9-1 record. The Elite absorb their fourth loss in 10 game to fall to a tie of third.

Terrence Jones tallied his second straight monster triple-double with 36 points, 16 rebounds and 14 assists. Five locals scored in double figures to help Jones out. Troy Rosario had 14 points and seven rebounds while Jayson Castro scored 13 points and dished out 10 dimes. Bobby Ray Parks led Blackwater with 21 points.

TNT pulled away in the second period when the locals got their offense going. Jones was firing assists left and right as the locals were dropping bombs from all over the floor. A 9-2 run gave TNT a nine-point lead. After that, four straight triples from Jones, Anthony Semerad and Brian Heruela propelled the team’s lead up to 17. Jones then scored or assisted on the next 11 points of TNT as they built a 23-point lead.

Blackwater was able to cut the deficit down to eight points to start the third period. But Jones, Rosario and Castro teamed up to restore order for TNT. They rebuilt a 22-point lead late in the third quarter and never looked back.

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