Stanley Pringle scored on a clutch drive off KJ McDaniels while Justin Browlee drained two crucial freebies as Brgy. Ginebra outlasted TNT, 96-93, Friday night in the 2019 PBA Govenors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Pringle’s basket gave the Gin Kings back the lead after the KaTropa unleashed a dizzying 10-0 run capped by a booming triple by Roger Pogoy to tie the game at 92 with 32 ticks left in the game clock.
With the game tied, McDaniels missed the backend of two free throws which led to a game-saving play by LA Tenorio and Brownlee’s insurance points.
The Gin Kings, thus, formally barged into the next round with a 6-3 record which is good for a tie for 4th place with the San Miguel Beermen.
“That was huge. Really a must, must win. I’m happy to get it even though we didn’t play well in the last two minutes. We didn’t execute the way we wanted to in the last two minutes. We were still able pull it out,” said Brgy. Ginebra coach Tim Cone.
“I was ready to go to overtime. I was already thinking of overtime. Thankfully, we didn’t go into it. They did it without Jayson (Castro) and we did it without Greg (Slaughter). But they had Bobby Ray (Parks) who’s a good fit for them and in the things that they do. I think they would be a force in the league,” added the league’s most successful bench tactician.
Japeth Aguilar top scored for the Gin Kings with 29 points to go along with 10 rebounds and 2 assists while Brownlee finished with 24 points, 16 boards and 6 assists. Tenorio and Arthur dela Cruz chipped in 19 and 14 points, respectively.
McDaniels paced the KaTropa, who absorbed their second straight loss after winning the first seven, with 32 markers, 12 boards and 6 assists while Pogoy added 23. Ray Parks contributed 17 points in his TNT debut.
Brgy. Ginebra takes a week off before plunging back into action on Friday, November 15 against Columbian Dyip at the Big Dome.
Brgy. Ginebra 96 – Aguilar 29, Brownlee 24, Tenorio 19, Pringle 14, Dela Cruz 8, Chan 2, Thompson 0, Sargent 0, Caperal 0, Mariano 0.
TNT 93 – McDaniels 32, Pogoy 23, Parks 17, Vosotros 2, Digregorio 2, Williams 2, De Leon 2, Semerad 0, Reyes 0.
Quarterscores: 17-23, 38-44, 74-68, 96-93.