Brgy. Ginebra failed to sustain the momentum of its 3-game winning streak and absorbed an 81-66 beating at the hands of defending champion San Miguel, Sunday night in the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup restart at the Angeles University Foundation Sports Arena and Cultural Center in Angeles City, Pampanga.
The Gin Kings, who are one win away from clinching the top spot in the quarterfinal round of the compressed All-Filipino conference, couldn’t get their game going and fell behind by as much as 20 points on their way to their 3rd loss in 10 outings.
“I think the players were motivated by our situation right now because our status is we have to win the last two games or else, we will be eliminated dahil there’s a logjam in the middle of the standings and the teams at the bottom are slowly catching up,” said San Miguel head coach Leo Austria during the post-game presser.
“With this win, I think we have a little bit of an advantage. I have to commend the players especially the veterans at the start. I think this is the best start we had but in the bubble, but it’s really hard for a four or five winning streak. Sooner or later you’re really going to have a bad game,” he added.
Japeth Aguilar paced Brgy. Ginebra with 13 points to go along with 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks. Scottie Thompson narrowly missed a triple-double as the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup Finals MVP finished with 12 points, 9 boards and 10 assists in 35 minutes of play. Aljon Mariano added a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Leading scorer Stanley Pringle was limited to 7 points while LA Tenorio was scoreless in 26 minutes of action.
The Gin Kings wrap up their elimination round schedule on Monday, November 9 against cellar-dweller Terra Firma Dyip.
San Miguel 81 – Tautuaa 20, Lassiter 12, Cabagnot 11, Ross 11, Gamalinda 11, Pessumal 7, Santos 7, Zamar 2, Mamaril 0, Comboy 0, Escoto 0.
Brgy. Ginebra 66 – J. Aguilar 13, Thompson 12, Mariano 11, Tolentino 8, Pringle 7, Caperal 7, Dillinger 2, Chan 2, Dela Cruz 2, R. Aguilar 2, Salado 0, Tenorio 0, Devance 0, Balanza 0.
Quarterscores: 27-22, 53-36, 64-56, 81-66.