Ginebra rallies to take 2-0 Finals lead vs Meralco
The Barangay is now up 2-0 in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals with an 86-76 win over the Meralco Bolts in Game 2 in front of a 16,159 crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night.
Ginebra waxed hot in crunch time, closing the game on a 17-1 run that overturned a 69-75 deficit.
Justin Brownlee came up big in the fourth quarter, firing eight of his 19 points in the final 12 minutes while also tallying 13 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals.
LA Tenorio also came up big down the stretch, scoring seven of his 14 points within the final 2:44 of the game.
Greg Slaughter, who was named the Best Player of the Conference earlier Sunday, struggled offensively, only making three points on 1-of-6 shooting, but his defense mattered as he blocked three shots.
Allen Durham showed why he deserves to be called the Best Import of the Conference after leading Meralco with 25 points, 22 boards, seven assists, and two steals, but he failed to deliver in the clutch.(PNA)
Ginebra 86 – Brownlee 19, J. Aguilar 16, Tenorio 14, Devance 10, Thompson 9, Mercado 6, Caguioa 6, Slaughter 3, Ferrer 3
Meralco 76 – Durham 25, Amer 10, De Ocampo 10, Hodge 9, Newsome 8, Lanete 6, Dillinger 5, Tolomia 3, Hugnatan 0, Caram 0
Quarterscores: 18-24, 40-37, 57-62, 86-76