by Jonas Terrado
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel provided Justin Brownlee the needed support in the fourth quarter to defeat Alaska, 118-106, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Stanley Pringle, Japeth Aguilar and LA Tenorio knocked down big shots during a decisive stretch of the contest to gain fifth place with a 5-4 record while bouncing back from Friday’s 111-103 loss to Phoenix Pulse.
In that game, Ginebra blew a 14-point lead then saw its fourth quarter comeback fall short when Brownlee scored 21 of the team’s 22 points in that period.
Pringle and Brownlee scored 27 points apiece while Tenorio and Aguilar added 22 points each for the Kings.
“It’s a big difference to this game from the last game, we played with a lot more fire,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone.
Ginebra dealt Alaska its third straight loss, spoiling the debut of returning import Diamond Simpson.
Simpson produced 22 points and 22 rebounds while Chris Banchero’s career-high 29 points went for naught as the Aces fell to seventh spot at 4-5.
Alaska rallied to take a 91-90 lead on Jvee Casio’s layup with 8:24 to go in the fourth.
But Ginebra answered by producing a 13-4 run to gain a 103-95 lead courtesy of an Aguilar basket, five minutes to go. Empty possessions by Alaska eventually led to a Tenorio trey that made it 107-97 with 2:59 remaining.
Ginebra 118 – Brownlee 27, Pringle 27, Tenorio 22, Aguilar 22, Devance 7, Thompson 6, Slaughter 4, Mariano 3, Caperal 0.
Alaska 106 – Banchero 29, Simpson 22, Manuel 18, Casio 9, Thoss 7, Teng 7, Enciso 6, Racal 3, Cruz 3, Exciminiano 2, Pascual 0, Ayaay 0.
Quarterscores: 34-32, 57-52, 88-80, 118-106