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Ginebra routs Meralco, comes closer of securing Gov. Cup title

BARANGAY Ginebra San Miguel became unstoppable in Game 4 to jump one game closer towards securing the Philippine Basketball Association Season 44 Governors’ Cup title.

Despite losing the Best Import award to counterpart Allen Durham earlier, Justine Brownlee carried the Gin Kings to a lopsided 94-72 victory against a struggling Meralco squad on Wednesday to get a 3-1 advantage in the best-of-seven championship series at the Araneta Coliseum.

Brownlee was waxing in the early part of the game, scoring 15 of his game-high 27 points in the second period in addition to his eight rebounds, eight assists, five steals and four blocks. Stanley Pringle added 21 points and seven rebounds also for the Gin Kings.


Justin Brownlee of Ginebra (No. 32) dribbles against Allein Maliksi of Meralco during Game 4 of best-of-seven championship series of Season 44 PBA Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. PBA MEDIA BUREAU PHOTO

“We are very methodical tonight in breaking them down a little bit on the offensive side, and then, we did a great job on Durham. I mean, we held them eight points at halftime, and that’s amazing,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone, who praised Brownlee for taking charge of the game.

“Justin is Justin, you know. Even though he didn’t win the Best Import award, he’ll still be going down as one of the greatest imports, at least in Ginebra history; maybe in PBA history. Those things are not surprising when Justin does that kind of things ‒ takes over a quarter or takes over a half.”

Scottie Thompson made 16 points while LA Tenorio and former Meralco man, Jared Dillinger, contributed eight and seven points, respectively, for Ginebra.

After a 14-all standoff at the end of first quarter, the Gin Kings went berserk in the middle of second period as they registered a 33-20 cushion behind Brownlee’s display of firepower.

They stretched their lead to 61-42 midway in the third canto and didn’t look back the rest of the way.

Durham tallied 21 points, 27 rebounds and seven assists while Chris Newsome and Raymond Almazan scored 12 points each also for the Bolts. Almazan still managed to play despite nursing a left knee meniscus injury, which he sustained in Game 3.

Ginebra could wrap up the series in Game 5 on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. The Gin Kings are looking for their 12th overall title and third championship in the Governors’ Cup conference.

Meanwhile, Northport’s Christian Standhardinger won earlier the Best Player of the Conference award.

SCORES:
Ginebra, 94 ‒ Brownlee, 27; Pringle, 21; Thompson, 16; Tenorio, 8; Dillinger, 7; Aguilar, 5; Caguioa, 5; Mariano, 3; Slaughter, 2; Caperal, 0; Chan, 0; and dela Cruz, 0

Meralco, 72 ‒ Durham, 21; Newsome, 12; Almazan, 12; Quinto, 7; Salva, 6; Maliksi, 6; Caram, 4; Amer, 2; Hodge, 2; Faundo, 0; Jackson, 0; and Pinto, 0

QUARTER SCORES: 14-14, 42-31, 70-55 and 94-72

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