Brgy. Ginebra reasserted its mastery over injury-plagued NorthPort by following up its 25-point Game 2 win with a 27-point Game 3 rout, 132-105, in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal round, Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The in-form Gin Kings, thus, took a 2-1 advantage in their best-of-five series and moved one win away from a return trip to the championship round of the season-ending conference.
Justin Brownlee fired a series-best 41 points to go along with 11 boards, 7 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks in 37 minutes of action while Japeth Aguilar finished with a double-double of 18 markers and 10 boards as the crowd darlings established control of the ballgame from the get-go and kept a safe distance from the Batang Pier all the way up to the final buzzer.
“I really didn’t expect that. I didn’t expect us to play so well. We came out and played really well in just about every phase of the game,” said a jubilant Brgy. Ginebra coach Tim Cone during the post-game presser.
“I thought we were in trouble early because Michael Qualls was out of this world. He was in another planet in the beginning of the basketball game. But we wear them down with our depth,” he added.
Jeff Chan, who was adjudged as the player of the game, came through with 17 points highlighted by 3-of-5 shooting from long distance. Stanley Pringle and LA Tenorio chipped in 14 and 11 points, respectively while crowd favorite Teytey Teodoro contributed 8.
Michael Qualls led the Batang Pier’s losing cause with 32 points while Christian Standhardinger added 20.
Brgy. Ginebra will take the first of two cracks to wrap up the series when the two teams collide again in Game 4 which is set on Friday, December 20 at the Big Dome.
Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel 132 – Brownlee 41, J. Aguilar 18, Chan 17, Pringle 14, Tenorio 11, Teodoro 8, Thompson 6, Mariano 6, R. Aguilar 5, Slaughter 4, Dillinger 2, Sargent 0, Caperal 0,
NorthPort Batang Pier 105 – Qualls 32, Standhardinger 20, Taha 15, Anthony 14, Lanete 8, Elorde 7, Cruz 5, King 2, Escoto 2.
Quarterscores: 36-31, 64-48, 100-72, 132-105.