Brgy. Ginebra returns the favor, routs NorthPort by 25 to level semis series at 1-1

As expected, Brgy. Ginebra rebounded from a lackluster Game 1 performance and got back at NorthPort by virtue of a 25-point rout, 113-88, to square their best-of-five semifinal affair in the 2019 PBA Governers’ Cup at 1-game apiece, Monday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Stanley Pringle and LA Tenorio took the cudgels for the embattled Gin Kings as the dreaded backcourt tandem combined for 43 points highlighted by 7 booming triples to power the crowd darlings to their first win in the series.

“I thought we came out and played with a lot of playoff intensity this time. We just didn’t have the playoff intensity in the first game, they had it, they were the hungrier team,” said Brgy. Ginebra mentor Tim Cone during the post-game presser.

“I thought we came out and did a better job of understanding what we want to do and executing what we want to do,” added the 2-time Grand Slam champion coach.

Pringle led the Gin Kings, who enjoyed a 33-point advantage halfway into the third quarter, with 23 points on a sizzling 9-of-12 shooting from the field, including 5-of-8 from 3-point country, to go along with 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 34 minute of action.

Tenorio finished with 20 markers while Greg Slaughter, Justin Brownlee and Scottie Thompson accounted for 16, 15 and 13 points, respectively. Jeff Chan chipped in 12.

Michael Qualls paced NorthPort with 20 points, a far cry from his 38-point Game 1 output, while Sean Anthony added 19.

Game 3 of the series is set on Wedndesday, December 18 at the Big Dome.

The scores:

Brgy. Ginebra 113 – Pringle 23, Tenorio 20, Slaughter 16, Brownlee 15, Thompson 13, Chan 12, Aguilar 6, Mariano 5, Dillinger 3, Sargent 0, Caperal 0, Teodoro 0, Dela Cruz 0.

NorthPort 88 – Qualls 20, Anthony 19, Standhardinger 10, Escoto 9, Cruz 8, Elorde 7, Taha 5, Lanete 5, King 3, Mercado 2, Ferrer 0.

Quarterscores: 31-18, 62-44, 94-70, 113-88.

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